News Local MED7 leaders stress importance of EU involvement in Cyprus talks

MED7 leaders stress importance of EU involvement in Cyprus talks

Leaders of the Southern EU member states have stressed the importance of active EU involvement in Cyprus talks, once negotiations resume, and underlined the importance of a reunited country “free of foreign interventions, troops and guarantees.”

In the Nicosia Declaration, adopted on Tuesday after deliberations at the Southern EU Countries Summit held in the Cypriot capital, the leaders of the seven Mediterranean member states also say that EU membership is the best safeguard for a reunited Cyprus.

The MED7 Summit, hosted by President Nicos Anastasiades, was attended by the President of France Emmanuel Macron, the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa, the Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat and the Foreign Minister of Spain Josep Borrell Fontelles.

In the Declaration, the leaders reiterate, among others, their steadfast support on the ongoing efforts by the United Nations Good Offices Mission for the resumption of meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive and viable solution to the Cyprus problem in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in line with the EU acquis, values and principles.

Moreover, they comment the efforts of the government of the Republic of Cyprus to reach a solution, which reunifies Cyprus and its people, safeguards Cyprus’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, free of foreign interventions, troops and guarantees.

“It is of utmost importance that the EU remains actively involved in the negotiations upon resumption, in order to ensure that a reunited Cyprus remains a fully functional member of the Union, compliant with EU acquis” they said.

The MED7 also lend their support to Cyprus hosting the European Labour Agency, which will enhance EU rules on fair labour mobility and will ensure their fair and effective enforcement. In this regard, they note Cyprus’ readiness to host the seat of the Agency in Nicosia.

Moreover, they acknowledge the severe consequences of climate change in the world and in the southern regions of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, and pledge to shift to a low carbon model of economy. “Cyprus stands ready to assume a regional role to tackle climate change by promoting coordination and cooperation between the countries of the region, so that a targeted Action Plan is developed” they add.

Leaders also say they remain committed towards completing the Energy Union. They note, moreover, that the Western and Eastern Mediterranean region is a strategic corridor for gas supplies and electricity through gas infrastructures such as the EastMed pipeline.

They also reiterate their commitment to ensure the continued involvement of European companies in the area, while expressing their solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus in exercising its sovereign rights to explore, exploit and develop its natural resources within its exclusive economic zone, in accordance with EU and international law.

Among others, they call on Turkey to normalise relations with the Republic of Cyprus and say that the lifting of Turkish restrictions in ports, airports and airspace towards Cyprus and EU companies related to Cyprus will also be beneficial for the whole region.

Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Coronavirus: 109 new cases, two deaths on Tuesday

The Health Ministry on Tuesday announced the death of two people in Cyprus due to Covid-19. This raises the Mediterranean island’s death toll from the...

Health Minister to announce process of covid measures relaxation on Wednesday

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou on Wednesday will announce the way the strict coronavirus measures now in effect in Cyprus will be gradually relaxed after...

Scientists in Greece find 20 million year-old petrified tree

Greek scientists on the volcanic island of Lesbos say they have found a rare fossilized tree whose branches and roots are still intact after...

Turkey bans parties at ski resorts after Covid curfew backlash

Turkey has banned music and parties at ski resorts after footage of crowded party scenes provoked anger in a country which has endured two months...

EMGF Agreement set to be ratified on Thursday

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday decided to speed up the ratification of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Statute of the East Mediterranean...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...