Metsola stressed the position of the EP for the return of the Varosians in the Parliament

The President of the European Parliament met with Mrs. Dimitriou as part of her official visit to Cyprus

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The European Parliament's (EC) clear position for the return of Varosians to their legal residents was expressed by the President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, immediately after her brief meeting with the President of the House of Representatives, Annita Dimitriou. Ms. Metsola met with Ms. Dimitriou as part of her official visit to Cyprus, immediately after the meeting with the President of the Republic, earlier on Friday morning.

In her statements after the meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament, Ms. Metsola said that their discussion covered a wide range of issues, including the energy crisis, the cost of living for citizens in Europe, the war in Ukraine, as well as the recent developments regarding the Cyprus issue, reaffirming the EP's solidarity with Cyprus and the call for the immediate resumption of talks to resolve it.

Responding to a journalist's question on whether the EP will take a similar stance towards Turkey as it did towards Russia after the attack on Ukraine, Ms. Metsola emphasized that the EP has repeatedly condemned the fact that Turkey violates Security Council resolutions. of the UN regarding Famagusta. "Consequently, we support the immediate return of Varosia to its legal inhabitants," said Ms. Metsola, adding that "Varosia and the city of Famagusta are a symbol of the Cypriot problem, a European problem, and I want to emphasize this, as states the prospect of a peaceful solution.

Asked whether the EU will have representatives at the negotiating table if the negotiations on the Cyprus issue start again, the President of the EP said that "we always push for conflict resolution, we want people to come to the negotiating table and we push for a solution with which both sides agree and if this means that, in addition to the UN representatives, EU representatives are also needed, this is something that the EP always accepts."