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European Parliament will offer budgetary support for a Cyprus solution

European Parliament Martin Schulz with UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide on Wednesday

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz pledged financial support for a Cyprus solution following a meeting on Wednesday with UN Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide.
Just before the conclusion of his official visit to the island, Schulz met with Eide to talk about the developments in the ongoing settlement talks, as well as outstanding challenges.
“I am also optimistic, I belong to that group who are never overoptimistic” Shulz said, adding that “there is now really the possibility of an historical step forward.”
He added that he assured the UN of the full support of the European Parliament.
“We at the European Parliament will support with all our means, also budgetary means, in a moment where this is needed,” Schulz said.
Schulz said he informed the Special Adviser about his meetings with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
“I am here to support everybody who wants to work for a solution,” he said.
“There is hope, there is a window of opportunity, there is a chance now” said Schulz, evaluating his contacts on the island over the past two days.
He said that in the end, it will be a sovereign decision of the country, and nobody from outside could play a more decisive role than the citizens of Cyprus.
Eide thanked Schulz for the support of the European Parliament and other European institutions. “We are also trying to ensure the European character of the settlement,” the UN official said.
Schulz’s visit, the strong support and the reconfirmation that Europe will support the process both in practical and economic terms and its political encouragement, was very helpful, he added.
Eide said that there were outstanding political issues and that he was not trying to hide the fact that there was more work to be done in the coming months.
Apart from a Cypriot problem, this was also a European problem since it was “the only EU member state that is on the agenda of the UN Security Council” due to its division, the UN official said.
“That`s an anomaly, we are trying to overcome.”

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