Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (12 May) after it was announced yesterday evening in Nicosia that negotiations to resolve the Cyprus question were to be resumed:
I very much welcome the resumption of talks in Cyprus. This step that Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and newly elected Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have agreed on awakens fresh hope, indicating that it is possible to overcome the division.
Both sides would benefit considerably from reunification, as no-one is content with the status quo. Resolving the Cyprus conflict would have positive consequences for the entire south-eastern Mediterranean region. Together with our partners in Europe and around the world, we appeal to both sides to make use of the current momentum to find comprehensive agreement.
Our particular gratitude goes to Espen Barth Eide, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General, for his tireless efforts in pursuit of a mutually acceptable solution. Germany will continue to actively advocate the settlement of this conflict in close liaison with our partners.