FM Christodoulides meets UNSG Guterres as Anastasiades has phone conversation with Tusk

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides briefed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the Cypriot issue and Turkey’s actions with the Republic’s EEZ.

Later, Christodoulides tweeted that it was a constructive and forward-thinking conversation. He highlighted that he informed Guterres that President Nicos Anastasiades is willing to resume reunification talks.

The meeting was held in Rome on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference in support of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), an initiative by Egypt, Jordan and Sweden for the purpose of addressing the dire economic situation the agency finds itself in. While in Rome Christodoulides was scheduled to meet with the Foreign Ministers of Italy, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Malta.

Additionally, on Thursday he met with Lapo Pistelli, the Executive Vice President of the oil giant ENI, during which meeting the Italian company reaffirmed its commitment to honour all its contractual obligations with Cyprus, according to a statement issued by the Cypriot Foreign Ministry, which also added that ENI and Nicosia evaluated their relations in light of the Turkish provocations offshore Cyprus.

On Friday morning, President Anastasiades had a phone conversation with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, ahead of the Summit, scheduled to take place next week. Tusk tweeted that it was a “good phone call”, while the government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou mentioned –also in a tweet- that it was “a productive exchange of opinions in various agenda items for the upcoming Summit” and added that “the support of the European Council towards Cyprus and its rights was renewed”.

All these new developments come after the regime of the occupied Northern Cyprus on Thursday called on energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis to discuss the issue of hydrocarbons with the aim of resolving the dispute between the two sides and facilitating efforts to reunify the island.

Speaking on Bayrak television, the North’s ‘energy minister’ Ozdil Nami said he was ready to talk hydrocarbons with Lakkotrypis under UN auspices or at any other venue and went on to accuse Greek Cypriots of using the hydrocarbons issue as a bargaining chip over Turkey. He highlighted that agreement might see revenues from natural gas being transferred into a fund, to be used to finance a future settlement of the Cyprus problem.

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