Anas­tasi­ades in­vites May to visit

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Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades has in­vited Prime Min­is­ter Teresa May to visit Cypru, ac­cord­ing to a Down­ing Street spokesper­son, who said that the Cypriot pres­i­dent “up­dated the Prime Min­is­ter on ef­forts to achieve a com­pre­hen­sive set­tle­ment in Cyprus. The Prime Min­is­ter un­der­lined the UK’s stead­fast sup­port for the process and said the UK stood ready to help bring this to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion”.

The Cyprus News Agency quoted the spokesper­son as say­ing that the two lead­ers dis­cussed Brexit and May “made clear that the Bri­tish peo­ple had voted to leave the EU and the Gov­ern­ment would de­liver that - there would be no go­ing back. The PM em­pha­sised that while the UK is leav­ing the EU, we are not leav­ing Europe and we would want to main­tain strong re­la­tions with Euro­pean coun­tries and the EU once the UK has left”.

Af­ter the meet­ing, Gov­ern­ment Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides told re­porters that the two lead­ers mainly dis­cussed three as­pects of the is­sue: “Firstly, is­sues re­lat­ing to the evo­lu­tion of the Repub­lic of Cyprus and se­condly mat­ters re­gard­ing se­cu­rity and guar­an­tees. There was a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion by the Pres­i­dent of the of­fer he has sub­mit­ted dur­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“There was also an ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sion of mat­ters re­lat­ing to ter­ri­tory and prop­erty is­sues and how these two chap­ters are linked.”

Asked about the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­sponse, Christodoulides said that “PM May is very well in­formed about de­vel­op­ments in the Cyprus is­sue but also about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. She has dis­cussed the Cyprus is­sue with the Turk­ish Pres­i­dent in a re­cent meet­ing. She con­veyed Bri­tain’s readi­ness to help ei­ther through the frame­work of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil or oth­er­wise, given the role that the UK tra­di­tion­ally plays with re­gard to the Cyprus is­sue. It is im­por­tant that she re­peated the known po­si­tion of the UK con­cern­ing the guar­an­tees, that is that Lon­don does not pur­sue any guar­an­tor power role, but it is ready to play any role that both com­mu­ni­ties re­quest,” said the spokesman.

On Brexit and the new pic­ture that it cre­ates as far as bi­lat­eral re­la­tions are con­cerned, Christodoulides said that the two lead­ers dis­cussed the need to not only safe­guard but fur­ther en­hance them.

A state­ment is­sued by the UK High Com­mis­sion in Ni­cosia noted that the weeks ahead will be piv­otal in see­ing whether the two com­mu­nity lead­ers lead­ers can bridge the gaps that still re­main on sev­eral im­por­tant chap­ters of the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“The Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated that the UK stands ready to help the two sides in their ef­forts to se­cure an his­toric agree­ment to re­unite Cyprus. Prime Min­is­ter May and Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades dis­cussed ways in which the UK might use­fully do this,” the state­ment added.

It said that the Prime Min­is­ter wel­comed the joint meet­ing of Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades and Turk­ish Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci with UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon in New York on Septem­ber 25 and the stage they have now reached in their ne­go­ti­a­tions to find a last­ing so­lu­tion to the Cyprus is­sue.

As Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades said in his ad­dress to the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly on Septem­ber 22, the cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tions present a “win­dow of op­por­tu­nity” for all Cypri­ots.

The UK gov­ern­ment be­lieves the right so­lu­tion to the Cyprus is­sue will bring clear eco­nomic and se­cu­rity ben­e­fits for Cyprus, for Cypri­ots and for the re­gion, the state­ment stressed.

Af­ter meet­ing with the Cypriot di­as­pora or­gan­i­sa­tions in Lon­don, Pres­i­dent Anas­tasi­ades de­parted for Paris for talks with his French coun­ter­part. He will meet Fran­cois Hol­lande on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss the Cyprus prob­lem, bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, with em­pha­sis on en­ergy and se­cu­rity is­sues, as well as EU mat­ters, an of­fi­cial state­ment said.

The Pres­i­dent s ac­com­pa­nied by For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides, Gov­ern­ment Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and other of­fi­cials.

The Pres­i­dent and his en­tourage re­turn home late Wed­nes­day.

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