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At the heart of today’s telephone conversation between Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades and his French counterpart, Emanuel Macron, was the Cyprus issue and the forthcoming five-day conference, as well as the position of France and bilateral cooperation.

The communication took place in the sense of daily communications between the two leaders, according to a written statement by Cypriot government spokesman Kyriakos Kousiou.

The two Presidents exchanged views on the latest developments on the issue of Cyprus, in particular with regard to the planned convening of the informal ‘5 + 1’ conference to try and find consensus on the restart of the island reunification negotiation process.

Anastasiades expressed his willingness, under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, to engage in substantive talks as soon as possible, from where they had remained at the Crans Montana Meeting.

Anastasiades stressed that the aim of the Republic of Cyprus is always to achieve a comprehensive, effective and enduring solution to the bi-zonal bi-communal union, based on the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, as well as the principles and values of the EU.

In view of the fact that France is one of the Permanent Members of the Security Council, President Anastasiades stressed the role that Paris can play, especially in the areas of security and the implementation of the Cyprus Settlement Agreement.

Macron reaffirmed France’s full support for the resumption, on the basis of applicable UN Security Council resolutions and EU principles and values, of negotiations aimed at resolving the Cyprus question.

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It was also possible for the two leaders to discuss issues relating to the upcoming European Council.

Special mention was made of the summit next month, when it is expected that the question of Turkey will be addressed again on the basis of a report to be submitted by Josep Borrell, the EU High Representative.

Macron affirmed Paris’ commitment to the strategically significant relationship between Cyprus and France, which seeks to tackle the problems facing the Mediterranean basin jointly, as both countries share the same vision of peace and stability in the wider region.

He also referred to the excellent and close partnership on a wide range of issues between the two countries.

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