France welcomes the adoption by President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mr. Dervis Eroglu, of the joint declaration allowing the resumption of intercommunity negotiations aimed at the reunification of the island of Cyprus.
The ties between France and Cyprus have grown considerably stronger in recent years thanks to several factors: Cyprus’ accession to the EU on 1 May 2004, a decision at the highest level to establish a stronger dialogue between the two countries in November 2005, Cyprus’ membership in the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) as an associate member during the Bucarest summit in September 2006.
Two recent high-level visits demonstrated this closeness:
The French Prime Minister’s visit to Cyprus on 9 May 2008 in the context of preparing the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The visit of President Christophias to France on 2 September 2009, at the French President’s invitation, which made it possible to confirm our desire to deepen our cooperation in many areas: economic (construction of two Cypriot air terminals by French companies), educational (project to create a French-Cypriot secondary school) and political (creation of a “joint group” tasked with monitoring changes in bilateral relations).
Moreover, on the Cyprus issue, France praised and totally supports the determination of the President of Cyprus in his search, along with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, for a fair and lasting solution for the reunification of the island, in the form of a federation, in accordance with the principles decreed by different United Nations Security Council resolutions and the principles of European law.
Updated on 29.03.10
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