BRUSSELS – The European Commission does not consider a proposed regulation for direct trade with the occupied part of Cyprus, government spokesman Christos Stylinaides yesterday said in a statement from the Belgian capital.
“It was fully clarified that this is an issue linked exclusively with Nicosia’s proposal for the opening of (the ghost town of) Famagusta,” he also said after morning talks there between President Anastasiades and Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule.
“You realize that Famagusta, for us, is the most important confidence building measure and we believe this has become widely accepted. The EU but also the international community at large evaluate that (the return of Famagusta to its lawful Greek Cypriot inhabitants) will give a new dynamic and a new boost to recently-launched efforts aiming to reunite Cyprus,” he added.
UN-brokered Cyprus peace talks were re-launched on February 11 after Anstasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu agreed on a joint communiqué listing the key principles of a federated Cyprus.