Christodulides to Address the UN on the Cyprus Issue and Regional Cooperation
Cyprus Republic President Nikos Christodulides is set to address the UN General Assembly today at 16:30 local time, focusing on the Cyprus issue and regional cooperation. His speech is expected to last for approximately 15 minutes.
According to reports, President Christodulides continues his diplomatic efforts during the UN General Assembly sessions in New York. He will deliver his speech as the President of the Cyprus Republic for the first time at the UN General Assembly.
Following his speech, President Christodulides is expected to meet with the President of Chevron International, followed by a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Later, he will visit the Archdiocese of America and meet with Archbishop Elpidoforos.
It was reported that a meeting between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took place last night. This meeting is considered crucial for the future course of the Cyprus issue. However, it is noted that the plans of the Cyprus Republic side extend beyond New York and the UN General Assembly.
The report suggests that President Christodulides' discussions with EU institutions aim to intensify pressure both on the UN and on Turkish President Erdoğan. The Cyprus Republic government also attaches great importance to its future actions in Brussels.
During his stay in New York for the UN General Assembly, President Christodulides held a one-on-one meeting with President of the European Council Charles Michel. According to the spokesperson for the Cyprus Republic Government, Konstantinos Letimbiotis, the meeting discussed the prospects for restarting Cyprus negotiations and the steps to be taken in this regard.
Before these meetings, Christodulides also met with Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission. In her social media post, von der Leyen mentioned that they had a fruitful discussion on the resumption of UN-brokered negotiations for the Cyprus problem, emphasizing that the European Commission is ready to actively support the entire process.
The report suggests that Ursula von der Leyen, based on the information obtained, will call UN Secretary-General Guterres and express the EU's support for the appointment of a UN representative to initiate the process of solving the Cyprus problem.
Additionally, it is indicated that discussions regarding EU-Turkey issues will be postponed from October to the European Council meeting in December, allowing more time for progress on the Cyprus issue. It is emphasized that this move is aimed at putting pressure on Turkey to cooperate on resolving the Cyprus problem.
The report also mentions that Ursula von der Leyen stated that the European Commission is coordinating with France and Germany and emphasized that the EU will not accept Turkey's tactic of disconnecting Turkish-Greek issues from the Cyprus problem.
Furthermore, it is reported, based on information obtained, that during his diplomatic efforts in New York, President Christodulides had a brief conversation with Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament. Metsola informed Christodulides that she will call UN Secretary-General Guterres to convey the message that the EU supports the appointment of a UN representative as soon as possible for necessary actions.
In the context of these diplomatic efforts, Christodulides is expected to send a personal message and a positive agenda message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his speech at the UN General Assembly today.
It is noted that President Christodulides attended a speech by a Turkish President for the first time in decades during Erdoğan's address at the UN General Assembly.