Solving Cyprob more important than opening EU chapter

Solving the Cyprus problem is more important for Turkey than opening up a new EU chapter, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said. A settlement he said, would give stability to the region.

He said: “There is a positive attitude in Cyprus that should be utilised…In my opinion, a permanent solution in Cyprus is much more important than opening a new chapter in EU ascension.”

Cavusoglu added: “While they do not constitute an alternative for each other, I would prefer stability. It is an issue that has been ongoing for 50 years…This positive attitude has to last. We are more determined than ever in the resolution of the issue.”

The Cyprus negotiations restarted this month following an eight month hiatus.

On Saturday morning, President Anastasiades and President Akinci took a stroll around old Nicosia and had coffee at the Buyuk Han, in a symbolic confidence-building measure.

President Anastasiades and newly-elected President Mustafa Akinci will hold talks on Thursday, in the presence of UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide.


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