Dialogue fundamental element in peace talks says Irish FM

first_imgDialogue is the most fundamental element in any talks when it comes to resolving problems, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) in an interview, adding that Dublin is ready to assist Cyprus in promoting reconciliation between the two communities.Asked what lessons Cyprus can learn from Ireland with regard to efforts towards a negotiated settlement, given that all parties involved in ‘the troubles’ have managed to clinch the Good Friday Agreement, the minister, due to visit for a one-day working visit on Friday, said “I can only speak about the lessons we have learned in our own peace process.“The most fundamental is the importance of dialogue. Dialogue works. But we have to remember that maintaining dialogue is just as important as beginning it,” he pointed out.He will be discussing the Cyprus issue with the Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General.“I am keen to hear from them at first-hand about the current state-of-play,” he noted.“Lesson learning is a two-way street and we stand ready to assist in promoting reconciliation between the communities. We are immensely proud of the Irish police officers serving in Unficyp and I am looking forward to meeting them in person on my visit,” he added.Cyprus, he stressed, “has a unique position in the EU in relation to Middle East affairs. Problems in Palestine, in Syria, in Lebanon, are directly on your doorstep, and Cyprus has good relations with and extensive knowledge and understanding of all the countries of the region. Ireland and Cyprus have for many years worked and consulted closely together on Middle East issues.“I am keen to have a discussion with Minister Christodoulides on how we can try to bring some momentum into the Middle East Peace Process,” he said.Bilateral ties will be on the agenda during his visit as will issues on the European agenda such as Brexit and the new multi-annual financial framework, in addition to tourist matters, including new direct flights between Cyprus and Ireland.“Ireland and Cyprus are like-minded on a wide-range of European issues. We understand one another and I have always found we work well together on issues of common concern,” he said.Invited to identify the areas where there is room for improvement, he talked about tourist traffic between the two countries, pointing out that “we need to build on this now to bring a new impetus into the commercial relationship.” He said the Irish embassy in Nicosia will look into opportunities for growth in the food and beverages sector, the energy sector and in Higher Education as an English-speaking option for Cypriot students.You May LikeZoo.comCool Cats, Can You Ace This 50s & 60s Shows Quiz?Zoo.comUndoTOP15Feline urine: 5 natural solutions to treat feline lower urinary tract disease at homeTOP15UndoCrutchfieldHigh-resolution Audio GuideCrutchfieldUndo Limassol police investigating attempted murderUndoLicences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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