Politics of Cyprus
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will hold a meeting in China next week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Anastasiades departs on Monday for China where he will participate in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The Cypriot President will hold a meeting with his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, while he will also meet with the Russian President.
The President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci agreed at a meeting today to implement confidence-building measures (CBMs) mainly in the sectors of telephony and electricity grids.
The move comes a year-and-a-half after the collapse of Cyprus settlement talks at Crans Montana, Switzerland with a new push to jump-start the talks underway.
Over 40 years of U.N.-led federal partnership negotiations to resolve the Cyprus issue have failed to yield a result and there is no sign that this will change in the foreseeable future.
Cypriot officials opened two new border crossings on Nov. 12 for the first time in eight years, the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks collapsed last year.
Cyprus and the United States have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the area of security, according to a statement by the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, which said that the two sides have signed a Statement of Intent on security issues.
The agreement refers to issues relating to combatting terrorism, strengthening security at sea and borders and promoting regional stability.