British Prime Minister discusses Cyprus with Turkish President

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan by telephone earlier this evening, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

The call was made in light of the recent attack that killed members of the Turkish President`s ruling party, but it also covered the Conference on Cyprus, taking place in Switzerland`s Crans-Montana.

“The Prime Minister offered her condolences following the killings of the President`s party colleagues in the south-east of Turkey this weekend. They agreed this kind of brutality only strengthens our resolve to work together to tackle terrorism, and noted countering extremism would be a key topic for discussion at this week`s G20 summit in Hamburg,” the spokesperson said.

With regard to the Conference on Cyprus, Mrs May noted that “we now have a unique opportunity to reach a settlement.”

The Prime Minister added: “We know that to reach a final outcome there will have to be flexibility on all sides, but with continued commitment and political will, a historic agreement is within reach.”

She also confirmed the UK fully supports the process and stands ready to play its part.

source: CNA