German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has welcomed the resumption of peace talks in Cyprus, announced in Nicosia after a dinner between President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.
“Germany will continue to actively advocate the settlement of this conflict in close liaison with our partners,” Steinmeier said in a statement.
“I very much welcome the resumption of talks in Cyprus. This step that Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and newly elected Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have agreed on awakens fresh hope, indicating that it is possible to overcome the division”, he added.
The Federal Foreign Minister notes that both sides would benefit considerably from reunification, as no-one is content with the status quo.
“Resolving the Cyprus conflict would have positive consequences for the entire south-eastern Mediterranean region. Together with our partners in Europe and around the world, we appeal to both sides to make use of the current momentum to find a comprehensive agreement”, Steinmeier points out.
At the same time he expresses gratitude to Espen Barth Eide, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, “for his tireless efforts in pursuit of a mutually acceptable solution”.
The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities will resume talks for the reunification of Cyprus on Friday May 15th. Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The UN-led talks aim to reunite Cyprus, under a federal roof.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY