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EU representatives to attend security conference in Geneva

16 December 2016

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will attend the multi-party conference on Cyprus in Geneva, reports say.

They will represent the EU at the conference which will include both Cypriot community representatives and the island’s three guarantor powers, Turkey, Greece and the UK.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has also said that he wishes to attend the conference, according to CyBC.

The aim of the conference is to forge a comprehensive agreement on security and guarantees for a reunited Cyprus.

President Nicos Anastasiades held a series of meetings with foreign leaders on the sidelines of this year’s final meeting of the General Affairs European Council in Brussels on Thursday. Anastasiades spoke with Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to CyBC, Merkel indicated that she was interested in attending the Geneva conference, and if she was unable to do so, she would be represented by her foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

During the Council’s working lunch, Anastasiades briefed EU heads of state on the current stage of the ongoing Cyprus negotiations.

We are doing our utmost to reach a comprehensive settlement,” Anastasiades told reporters before going in.

Anastasiades is scheduled to hold talks with Juncker today. They will be discussing the EU’s role in the multilateral conference and the issue of security and guarantees.

South Cyprus aims to secure the EU’s participation at the security conference in Geneva.

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