Cyprus and Malta Presidents discuss Cyprus problem and Eastern Mediterranean security 

Cyprus President Nicos Anasasiades and his Maltese counterpart George Vella discussed during a meeting they had, on Tuesday, in Geneva, the Cyprus problem and matters pertaining to the Eastern Mediterranean’s security.

The two officials met today on the sidelines of the ILO conference, a presidency press release says.

Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance Minister Zeta Emilianidou, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative in Geneva Giorgos Kasoulides and other officials were present at the meeting.

During the meeting, President Anastasiades briefed Vella on the current state of affairs vis-à-vis the Cyprus problem and Turkey’s recent illegal activities in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and exchanged views on matters pertaining to the Eastern Mediterranean region’s security and stability, the press release adds.

They also discussed Brexit and the forthcoming MED7 Summit, set to take place in Valetta on June 14.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

CNA