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EU Commission expresses readiness to support any effort for Cyprus settlement

October 24, 2019 at 8:03am
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The European Commission stands ready to support any upcoming effort for the settlement of the Cyprus issue, as done in the past, trusting “the leaders’ strong commitment to bringing to an end to the long-standing Cyprus issue”, an EC spokesperson has said.

Replying to a question by a CNA, the EC spokesperson noted that “since becoming President of the Commission, President Juncker has taken a personal interest in the unification of Cyprus and the European Commission has actively supported the settlement process”.

“The European Commission has continuously supported and accompanied the settlement talks under UN auspices and we remain ready to do so in the future. We trust the leaders` strong commitment to bringing to an end to the long-standing Cyprus issue,” the spokesperson added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

(Cyprus News Agency)