Nicosia unenthusiastic about Greco-Turkish bids

Cyprus' President Nikos Christodoulides, left, speaks to Cyprus' Orthodox Church Archbishop Georgios during the students parade commemorating Greek Independence Day, in the capital Nicosia, Saturday. [AP]

Nicosia says a new effort by Greece and Turkey to improve their relations is positive, but Greek Cypriot officials have been less excited about Athens and Ankara supporting each other's bids in the United Nations.

Government Spokesperson Konstantinos Letymbiotis told state radio on Monday morning that Nicosia was not bound in any way by Greece's decision to support the Turkish candidacy for the General Secretariat of the International Maritime Organization, a specialized UN agency responsible for regulating shipping.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu made headlines last week over reciprocal nominations when they agreed to support Athens' candidacy for the position of non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2025-26 and Ankara's bid for the IMO.

According to the Cyprus News Agency, Letymbiotis was asked to...

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