Albanian FM expresses support to a Cyprus settlement

Albanian FM expresses support to a Cyprus settlement

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania Ditmir Bushati has expressed support to a settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN principles and relevant resolutions.

Bushati and the Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania Damian Gjinkuri, on an official visit to Cyprus, met today with House President Yiannakis Omirou.

According to an official press release, Bushati thanked Omirou for Cyprus` support to Albania`s European course and noted that the two countries face common challenges and that further enhancement of their cooperation will be mutually beneficial.

The Albanian Energy Minister referred to his country`s energy policy as well as to the structural reforms promoted in the country to face the economic crisis.

On his part, Omirou praised the importance of strengthening relations between Cyprus and Albania, both at the inter-state and the inter-parliamentary level. Furthermore he reaffirmed his support to Albania`s European course.

Referring to the current developments in the Cyprus problem, the House President underlined the sincere will of the Greek Cypriot side to solve the problem, according to the international law, the UN relevant resolutions and the EU principles.

He noted that unfortunately “our efforts are hampered by the intransigent stance of Turkey, which culminates its provocations in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, violating the international law and the UN Law of the Sea Convention.”

According to the press release, during the meeting both sides stressed the need for stability to prevail in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans and for a common will of the two countries to further enhance their cooperation with a view to promote this goal.