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September 29, 2020

FM Baconschi: We hope Cypriot issue will find long-term solution

The two ministers exchanged views on means for developing bilateral relations and priorities on the European agenda, a communiqué reads. The two dignitaries stressed the extremely good quality of Romanian-Cypriot relations, reflected in the dynamic economic cooperation between the two states, with Cyprus ranking 5th among the top 10 countries investing in Romania. ‘We focused our attention on the areas where we could develop the economic and trade exchanges and how we might resume, despite the crisis, Cypriot investments in Romania, by bringing into contact the business communities in the two countries,’ the Romanian FM said.

The Romanian community living in Cyprus, estimated at 30,000 people, will play a major role in bilateral ties gaining more depth and developing further. Mr. Baconschi made the point ‘Cypriot authorities are open, also by including in the curriculum Romanian language courses to Romanian communities,, which will allow its members to maintain a better link with the country and their own identity.’ We are trying to reach a solution, a bizonal federative community. It is important for such solution to be viable and functional to allow Cyprus continue being an active member of the EU. Our pledge aside, it is also quite important for Turkey to cooperate and show a constructive stand. A solution to the Cypriot issue will help Turkey in its accession process to the EU, Kyprianou also said. This was also an opportunity for expanding bilateral cooperation at European level, with priority topics on the agenda being approached: the EU decision on the passage of a package of measures aimed at stabilizing the euro zone.

The Cypriot issue has been a very important topic on the agenda for talks, with Minister Baconschi reiterating Romania’s support for a solution acceptable being found at the UN for both sides involved.

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