21.07.2021 – 08:35
Greek-Cypriot close co-operation will also be the main topic of talks between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Nicosia, a day after the 47th anniversary of the Turkish occupation of Megalonisos and the Turkish side’s declaration of secession of the closed Varos area.
In a telephone conversation he had with his Cypriot counterpart, Nikos Christodoulidis, Dendias expressed Greece’s solidarity with the Cypriot people and government.
Dendias then informed US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland about this situation and about the illegal Turkish actions in Varosia.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry, in a statement to the media, strongly condemned the announcement of the Turkish side for the declassification of a part of the closed region Varos and called on Turkey to respect the relevant decisions of the Security Council.
This statement is a clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 550 (1984) and 789 (1992), as well as the European Council Conclusions, which call on Turkey to refrain from unilateral and provocative actions that destabilize the region. he emphasizes.
At the same time, he ensures that Greece, in full coordination with the Republic of Cyprus, remains committed to resolving the Cyprus issue on the basis of a bi-municipal bi-municipal federation, as defined by the relevant UN resolutions, and is in in accordance with the principles of the European Union. “The principles we call on the EU candidate country, Turkey, to respect,” he said.
The visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Cyprus is part of the support for the efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and the European acquis, ie a bi-zonal, bi-municipal federation.
It is also expected that in addition to Cyprus, Nikos Dendias will also go to Israel, where he will meet with his new counterpart Jair Lapid. The talks are expected to further strengthen the already excellent co-operation between Greece and Israel in all areas, multilateral co-operation schemes in the region, as well as developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the wider Middle East.