By George Psyllides
European Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini pledged the EU’s support for the ongoing reunification talks, saying on Friday “the real cost would be if the process failed”.
“I really hope that this process can lead to a result,” she said after talks with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides. “I do not say that it is now or never, but I do say that it is either now or very difficult in the future.”
She said it was not a matter of foreign policy but she grasped the opportunity to say that the talks “have all the support of the European Union.”
“Obviously recognising the role that the UN has in leading these negotiations, you can count on all the European Union support in accompanying this, in getting ready for hopefully positive results and in preparing together the future of the island and of all its people,” Mogherini said.
Asked whether the EU was ready to provide financial support to the reunification, Mogherini invited people to think of the cost of non-reunification – economic, human, political, security.
“The real costs would be if this process failed. I think that these would be the real cost that no one could bear,” she said.
Mogherini said she was confident that the leadership shown in the past weeks could bring results, especially for the younger generations.
“What is at stake here is the future of the generations that were growing up in these last 41 years. I think that the real investments would be for the generations that have been growing up with this situation.”
It would also be an investment for the EU as such, re-finding the meaning of its pride of being in the union and it is going to be key contribution of the stability and the security of this region.
Earlier on Friday Mogherini met with President Nicos Anastasiades.
Speaking after a meeting she said they spent a lot of time discussing the regional dimension of the Middle East peace process in view also of Israeli Prime Minister’s visit to Cyprus next week.
“The role that Cyprus is playing in this regard is crucial for the EU,” Mogherini said, adding that they also shared views on the wider framework in the region after the Iranian deal and relations with Egypt and with the rest the Middle East.
“Cyprus is always playing an extremely positive and useful role especially in this part (of the region), when it comes to our foreign policy in this part of the region,” said the EU High Representative.
She added that she has confirmed this “from these talks we had and we decided that obviously we will continue to get very much in contact and in coordination when it comes to our work in the Middle East.”
She also met Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and House President Yiannakis Omirou,