European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on Tuesday Europe was looking with optimism at the ongoing Cyprus negotiations.
“We hope that this is justified and that the talks, which are in a decisive phase, really will finish with a success because we believe that the reunification of Cyprus in the times which we are living in, with the problems we are facing, is a signal of hope not only for the country and for the European Union as a whole but, I think, it will be a worldwide signal that, with goodwill, solutions are possible,” he said.
Schulz was speaking in Brussels after meeting House President Yiannakis Omirou.
He said though not everything had been agreed and achieved on Cyprus, he felt there was hope and the European Parliament would be available “to do whatever is needed”. “The moment we get a signal from the country that we should intervene, the European Parliament is prepared to do so,” he said.
Schulz also spoke about a visit to Cyprus before the end of the current parliament’s mandate, which will be in May, when elections will be held.
In his comments Omirou thanked Schulz for his support regarding the efforts for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, on the basis of the principles upon which the European Union is founded.
“Of course, the Cyprus problem is an international problem and all the efforts made towards its settlement should remain under the auspices of the United Nations and the UN Secretary General,” he said. “At the same time, the Cyprus problem is a European problem, especially after the accession of Cyprus to the European Union in 2004.”