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Anastasiades to speak with UK PM on resuming Cyprus talks

President Nicos Anastasiades will have a phone call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, during which he is expected to assure him of his determination to enter into new talks for a Cyprus settlement, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, but not under terms imposed by others or with faits accomplis.

Anastasiades was addressing an event at the British High Commission, in Nicosia, on Thursday night to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the UK.

In his speech, the President referred to the latest Turkish actions in Varosha, which he described as “the first step to alter the status of Varosha, in stark contrast to relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and in particular Resolution 550 (1984) and 789 (1992).”

The decision to open part of the beachfront of Varosha was taken only four days after the European Council, which discussed tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean as a result of Turkey’s activities and agreed to leave room for diplomacy for de-escalation and for creating a positive atmosphere for Cyprus talks to resume and EU-Turkey relations to improve, the President continued.

Despite intense efforts to prevent new faits accomplish, both by the UN and by other partners, including the UK, Turkish President Erdogan carried on with this “new unilateral and totally unacceptable step, interpreting the patience of the international and European community as tolerance” towards his moves, President Anastasiades noted.

In his address, he also underlined the “excellent bilateral relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the United Kingdom” and pointed to the agreement allowing property development within the British Bases in Cyprus, as another “particularly important milestone” reflecting the level of cooperation between the two countries.

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