Belgium’s Ambassador sees ‘golden opportunity’ for a Cyprus solution

This is a golden opportunity for the Cyprus problem to be solved, Belgium`s Ambassador Luc Liebaut said on Friday, noting that all EU countries hope to see both leaders returning to the negotiating table soon.

Liebaut met with AKEL Secretary General Andros Kyprianou, in Nicosia, and discussed the current situation in settlement talks.

Not only Belgium, but all EU countries are hoping that in the days or weeks to come, a solution will be found that will bring the leaders back to the negotiating table, the Ambassador said in statements after the meeting.

“This is a golden opportunity to solve one of the longest `frozen` conflicts in the history of Europe” he added and said that AKEL is contributing to the process.

Kyprianou noted from his part that AKEL remains committed in the effort to solve the Cyprus problem.

He also said that he briefed the Ambassador on the current situation, following the decision of Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to abstain from talks, as well as on efforts by AKEL to overcome the deadlock.

AKEL deems the continuation of talks as extremely important, Kyprianou said. He thanked finally Liebaut for his interest and noted their frequent meetings, even though the Ambassador is being stationed in Athens.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

UN – led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof.

The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side, which demands that a decision passed by the Cypriot Parliament relating to a 1950 referendum on union with Greece is revoked, claiming this indicates a shift in Greek Cypriot goal for a federal solution.

The amendment notes that there will be a very brief reference to the referendum at schools.

President Anastasiades has described the House decision as wrong and called on the leader of the Turkish Cypriot side, Mustafa Akinci, who walked out of the talks, to return to the negotiating table to discuss pending issues with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement to reunite the country.

Source CNA
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