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Kasoulides briefs ambassadors on Crans-Montana (Updated)

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, briefed the ambassadors of the EU member states on Thursday about the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The minister also briefed the non-EU ambassadors who make up the five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council with France and the UK – Russia, China and the US.

He conveyed the message that the Greek Cypriot side remained committed to the parameters of the United Nations and the Secretary-General’s Good Offices.

The talks on security and guarantees collapsed in the early hours of last Friday.

According to a statement, Kasoulides expressed disappointment over the conclusion of the Conference and assured of the government’s determination to carry on its efforts for the attainment of a comprehensive and just solution within the UN parameters.

He said that despite the Greek Cypriot side’s constructive stance, the process in Crans-Montana could not move forward due to Turkish intransigence on security and guarantees.

During the upcoming EU Foreign Affairs Council, which will take place on Monday, Kasoulides will brief his European counterparts on the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus.

Meanwhile, China said it would continue to support the talks led by the Cypriot people, help maintain a momentum, and play a positive role for an early settlement of the Cyprus problem,  its embassy said in a written statement on Thursday.

Replying to a CNA question, on the result of the Conference in Crans-Montana, the Chinese embassy said Beijing highly appreciates the active efforts and attempts by the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities and the international community to solve the Cyprus problem and deeply regrets that the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana ended without success.

“We hope that the two communities and all parties concerned could continue to build the consensus and narrow the differences so as to create favourable conditions for the talks”, said the statement.

The embassy also said that China, had always maintained an objective and impartial position on the Cyprus problem, and always respected the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus.

“The Cyprus problem should be resolved on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations, through the negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. The settlement should be comprehensive, fair, reasonable, and in line with the interests of the two communities, which can withstand historical test. China supports the United Nations and the international community to play a constructive role to resolve the Cyprus Problem,” it said.

Also on Thursday, President Nicos Anastasiades received the credentials of three new ambassadors, Myanmar, Lithuania and Serbia during a ceremony at the presidential palace.

The Ambassador of Myanmar Maung Maung Lynn is stationed in Tel Aviv, while the new Serbian ambassador Marko Blagojevic who will be based in Nicosia, as will the new Lithuanian Ambassador Rolandas Kacinskas.

Anastasiades lauded the relations between Cyprus and all three countries in his addresses where he also gave a run-down on the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland last week.

The president repeated statements he made during a televised news conference on Monday that the Greek Cypriot side was “strongly committed” to negotiating a Cyprus solution within the parameters set by the UN Secretary-General with the aim of establishing “a truly independent and sovereign state, free of any third country dependencies”.

He expressed hope that Turkey would respond positively to the proposals submitted by the Greek Cypriot side and revise its intransigent positions particularly in the areas of security and guarantees.

 

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