Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday welcomed President Nicos Anastasiades to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
Speaking during an intervention at the Summit, Anastasiades said a Cyprus solution can be found soon provided EU and UN values and principles are fully adopted.
Noting that he is coming from an EU member state which has been experiencing violent division for 42 years now, Anastasiades said he hopes the leaders of interested parties will show the necessary courage to make decisions within the UN-led negotiating process aiming at reuniting the island.
On the Summit’s sidelines, he also met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, with whom he discussed the latest developments on the Cyprus Problem and relations between Europe and Turkey.
Anastasiades made two interventions at the Summit, during which he underlined that both the sequences and the causes of the humanitarian crisis must be addressed and that only then can efforts bear fruit.
He also underlined that leaders must abstain from expansionist policies against the sovereignty of other states, and must be ready to address the concerns of all involved in order for a win-win result to be reached.
Anastasiades will on Monday evening attend a dinner hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in honour of the heads of state and government attending the Summit.
On Tuesday, he will hold bilateral meetings with the Prime Ministers of Lebanon and Finland, and will visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate, where he will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Also at the Summit on Monday, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who is Cypriot, joined Vice-President of the European Commission Kristalina Georgieva, and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica in announcing concrete actions on humanitarian issues.
According to an official announcement: “The European Union has committed to strengthen prevention and preparedness, improve the international response and help find solutions to support an overstrained humanitarian system”.
The key priorities advanced by the EU at the Summit include: investment in resilience, efficient and effective financing, respect for International Humanitarian Law, preventing and ending crises, bridging the divide between humanitarian and development work.