Didier Reynders expresses satisfaction with the resumption of Cyprus reunification talks

date: 11 February 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses his satisfaction at the adoption on 11 February by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders of a joint declaration that paves the way for the resumption of intercommunal talks on the future of the divided island. This joint declaration provides the basis and the framework of these negotiations. Didier Reynders wishes to acknowledge the commitment of the two sides, as well as the efforts of the United Nations.

Minister Reynders expresses the hope that negotiations to reunify the island are successful, so that peace and stability may prevail in Cyprus and the region and for the socio-economic development of the country and the prosperity of the people of Cyprus as a whole.

For Belgium, it is important that both communities find their place in a functioning State within the European Union, whose federal structure and laws comply with the laws of the European Union and enable effective decision-making processes in the EU and the eurozone. Cyprus being a member State of the EU, the application of the 'acquis communautaire' needs to be extended throughout the island, in accordance with Cyprus’ Treaty of Accession. In this context, Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement by the EU of its intention to upgrade its role in the Cyprus settlement talks. The Minister also welcomes the EU’s willingness to look at how to contribute to the realisation of confidence-building measures.

Didier Reynders supports Cyprus’ sovereign rights in its maritime space in accordance with international law. He recalls the conference he initiated in Brussels in November 2013 on hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean, which explored the benefits of energy resources for Cyprus and the entire region.