Reunification an important objective for EU, says Austria’s Fischer
Austria’s President Heinz Fischer said that his country is closely following developments on the island and that the reunification of Cyprus is an important objective for the EU and the international community.
Fischer, speaking after a meeting and talks at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia with host Nicos Anastasiades, said that in his country, they “closely monitor developments in Cyprus and that the reunification of Cyprus is an important objective. Negotiations seem to be promising,” he added and expressed optimism that President Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will reach an agreement for the benefit of the citizens of Cyprus and in the interest of Europe itself.
President Anastasiades said that the EU’s role and active involvement and support is vital, particularly now that the negotiations have entered an intensive phase.
Anastasiades and Fischer had a private meeting and attended official talks where the delegations of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding in the fields of education, culture and the arts by the Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis and the Federal Minister of Education and Women’s Affairs of Austria Gabrielle Heinisch.
During their meeting the two Presidents discussed bilateral relations and cooperation both within the EU and at international level, the Cyprus issue and the role EU can play to resolve it, the unprecedented humanitarian immigration crisis, Ukraine and energy developments in the area.
Welcoming President Fischer President Anastasiades spoke of a true friend of Cyprus, even saying that their friendship goes back 20 years when the President of Austria as the Head then of an Austrian parliamentary delegation visited Cyprus in the framework of the Conference of the Interparliamentary Union Work.
He referred to the excellent level of bilateral relations, reaffirmed during the contacts between the two Presidents and the excellent cooperation between Cyprus and Austria both within the EU and internationally.
“We agreed to identify new areas of cooperation in order to expand and deepen our relationships - these could be areas such as trade, culture, education,” he said. He also expressed gratitude for the contribution of Austria to UNFICYP for over 50 years.
The Austrian President noted that bilateral relations re very friendly, excellent and reliable, and said that he has visited twice Cyprus and as President of Austria has been here on several occasions, sometimes for holidays with his wife and children because.