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A meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is a continuation of the government’s effort to create the conditions for the resumption of dialogue on the Cyprus issue, Anastasiades, told journalists on Friday night.

Speaking to journalists at an event hosted by the Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, about his upcoming meeting with Scholz, and asked if he will make a last-ditch effort on the Cyprus issue, Anastasiades said this was not the case.

“Not the last. It is a continuation of the efforts we are making to create the necessary conditions for a resumption of dialogue,” he stressed.

Anastasiades added however that in order to create the necessary conditions, Turkey also needs to return to the right path.

“That is to say, to the path of international law. Otherwise we will see the hardening of positions not only towards Cyprus, but also the potential risks posed as a result of a revisionist policy presented in the Aegean, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Nagorno-Karabakh and beyond,” he warned.

Asked if it is possible to do something about the Cyprus issue given Turkey’s stance, the Anastasiades said that the issue is not how feasible it is at the moment.

“The point is to repeat what we have been doing since the shipwreck of Crans Montana, the need for international actors and the EU in particular, our family, that is, to realise that without intervention we cannot achieve, a small country like Cyprus, the results we all want,” he concluded.

Anastasiades will meet with Scholz in Berlin on Wednesday, November 23.

A representative of the German government said the pair will discuss economic and energy and security policy, bilateral and European issues.

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