Cyprus’s decision not to recognise the independence of Kosovo is based on the principles of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries in international relations, says Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades. In this exclusive interview for CorD magazine, he talks about the similarities and differences between the status of Kosovo and the situation in Cyprus, which is often cited as an example of why the unresolved status issue will be an obstacle to Serbia’s European Union accession. The Cypriot President also explains why the best way to overcome the decades-long division of Cyprus is the “evolution of the Republic of Cyprus into a bi-zonal bi-communal federation”.
Talks on the unification of Cyprus are monitored with high expectations. At the beginning of this year, however, you noted that there should be no euphoria in this regard and that some statements of the UN envoy also excessively raise the expectations of citizens. How do you assess the current situation in this process?
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