British Minister for Europe hopes for successful outcome in Geneva talks

British Minister for Europe hopes for successful outcome in Geneva talks

British Minister of State responsible for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, has expressed hope that the UN-sponsored talks for a Cyprus settlement, to be held next week in Geneva, will have a successful outcome.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik in Ankara, Sir Alan said that during his stay in the Turkish capital he will hold contacts on the Cyprus problem.

Expressing hope that the Geneva talks would lead to a successful outcome, Duncan said the UK, as a guarantor power, wishes all sides at the negotiating table to conclude these talks successfully.

He said that he would go to Athens to discuss the Cyprus problem with Greek officials.

Duncan said the UK supports Turkey in the fight against terrorism and noted that Brexit will not affect relations with Turkey.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are about to meet in Geneva Switzerland on January 9-11 in the context of the UN-sponsored talks to discuss all outstanding issues for a Cyprus settlement and exchange maps. On January 12 a conference on Cyprus will be convened in the presence of the guarantor powers (Greece, Turkey and the UK) and other relevant parties as needed to discuss the issue of guarantees and security.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. President Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.

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