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Anastasiades and EC President agree that EU is needed at Cyprus conference

File photo: President Nicos Anastasiades

President Nicos Anastasiades and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have agreed that the EU needs to be represented at the informal meeting on Cyprus, which will be called by the UN Secretary-General most probably in April.

The president had a phone conversation with von den Leyen on Saturday and according to government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos they discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus issue and the informal meeting, with the goal of dialogue being resumed.

They both agreed that EU needed to be present at the meeting and needed to have an active engagement in the efforts to solve the problem given that Cyprus in an EU member state.

They also spoke about the upcoming European Council meeting at the end of March and the discussion on EU-Turkey relations. The president pointed out that Turkey needed to show that it was ready to enhance relations with the EU in the framework of international and European law.

The pandemic was also on the agenda and the president thanked the Commission, von der Leyen and Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides for their efforts, Koushos said.

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