President Anastasiades to be represented by Tsipras at EU informal Summit

President Anastasiades to be represented by Tsipras at EU informal Summit

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, who is currently visiting the US, where he holds contacts and he will address the UN General Assembly, will be represented at the EU informal Summit convened by European Council President Donald Tusk to discuss an overall approach to the refugee crisis and the necessity to establish a credible European migration policy, by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Anastasiades has sent a letter to Tusk informing him that due to his visit to the US he will not be able to attend the Summit that will take place on Wednesday in Brussels, and that he will be represented by Tsipras.

According to CNA information, this was finalized on Monday, during a telephone conversation of Anastasiades` aides at his diplomatic offices with Tsipras` aides. Tsipras will be sworn in as Prime Minister, after Sunday`s elections in Greece, on Monday evening.

CNA has learned that in his letter to Tusk, Anastasiades welcomed the informal EU Summit and shortly explained Cyprus` positions with regard to the migration crisis, describing the problem as a dilemma between the protection of borders and solidarity with the refugees.

He underlined that none of the two should prevail and that there should be a compromise between them , noting that the EU members must collectively respond to the humanitarian crisis, showing solidarity based on the joint values and principles.

Moreover, Anastasiades recalled that despite the fact that Cyprus has not faced a massive flow of Syrian refugees, it recently rescued 115 refugees. He also said that Cyprus agrees with the need for distinguishing between refugees who need international protection and economic migrants, for which he supports the implementation of their return, while asking for the EU to remain vigilant in the battle against illegal immigrants trafficking.

President Anastasiades underlined that the EU must intensify its efforts for peace and stability in the region, particularly Syria and Libya, and reassured of the Republic of Cyprus` commitment to contribute to operations coordinated by FRONTEX.