EU funded Turkish Cypriot projects ‘must promote reunification’

Any projects funded by the EU that support the Turkish Cypriot community in Cyprus should aim at serving the goal of reunification and bringing the two communities closer, a top EU official was told on Wednesday.

The director-general of the European Commission Structural Reform Support Service Maarten Verwey was on the island for meetings with government officials who passed on the message. He was also received by President Nicos Anastasiades.

Verwey was briefed on prospects for a resumption of talks and more enhanced EU involvement. He had meetings with Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides and Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis.

According to CNA information, Christodoulides and Verwey also reviewed the implementation of the EU’s Green Line Regulation, that facilitates trade in certain commodities across the divide.

Verwey’s visit also included meetings with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

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