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Spanish FM expresses solidarity with Cyprus

30/09/2020 13:36

Spain`s Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha González Laya expressed today her country`s solidarity and support to Cyprus in the face of tensions with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, she said that Spain rejects unilateral moves and that a long lasting solution can be found only through dialogue.

In joint statements after her meeting with Cyprus` Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikos Christodoulides, the Spanish FM said that her presence in Cyprus is "very clearly meant to send a signal to you, as I told you but also the President this morning of solidarity, of support to Cyprus in the face of tensions. Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Tensions with Turkey."

Tensions, she added, "that we believe cannot be solved through unilateral actions."

"We do not believe that there is a unilateral solution to the problems of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Therefore we reject unilateral moves that are not helping in finding a long lasting solution. The only avenue for a long lasting solution is through negotiations, through dialogue, which is what Spain has been advocating between Greece and Turkey and which Spain advocates between Cyprus and Turkey," she noted.

On his part Christodoulides said that Cyprus looks to the EU and its partners for solidarity in action. "Concretely upholding our common values and interests and implementing our own decisions is of the essence," he pointed out.