NICOSIA -- Italy’s principled stance for a Cyprus solution on the basis of UN resolutions and principles remains unchanged, new Italian Ambassador to Cyprus Guido Cerboni said today, while meeting here with House President Yiannakis Omirou.
According to an official announcement, Cerboni also said that a Cyprus solution will contribute to the stability of the wider Mediterranean area and noted that hydrocarbon discoveries in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone opens new ways for cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Omirou referred to longstanding friendly ties between Cyprus and Italy and noted the common challenges European Mediterranean countries are facing.
On the Cyprus problem, the House President said that Turkey’s intransigent stance has not allowed for any progress, despite tireless efforts by the Greek Cypriot side.
Omirou also noted Turkey’s unwillingness to recognize the Cyprus EU Presidency, during the second semester of 2012, as well as Ankara’s threats against the exercise of Nicosia’s sovereign rights in its EEZ.
He said moreover that the Republic of Cyprus continues to support the continuation of Turkey’s accession talks with the EU, under the precondition that Ankara respects the agreements and recognises the Republic of Cyprus, implements the Ankara Protocol and demonstrates a spirit of substantive cooperation for a Cyprus solution.
The announcement adds that Omirou also referred to Cyprus’ economic troubles, as well as to the lack of solidarity towards Nicosia by some EU partners.
Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part since they invaded in 1974, does not recognize the Republic of Cyprus.
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