Xavier Bettel’s official visit to the Republic of Cyprus

  1. (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State;  Nikos Anastasiadis, President of the Republic of Cyprus

    (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State; Nikos Anastasiadis, President of the Republic of Cyprus

  2. Laying a wreath at the monument to the first President of the Republic of Cyprus Arch.  Macarius III

    Laying a wreath at the monument to the first President of the Republic of Cyprus Arch. Macarius III

  3. (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State;  Nikos Anastasiadis, President of the Republic of Cyprus

    (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State; Nikos Anastasiadis, President of the Republic of Cyprus

  4. (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State;  Annita Demetriou, Speaker of the House of Representatives

    (from left to right) Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of State; Annita Demetriou, Speaker of the House of Representatives

  5. (center, left to right) Colin Stewart, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP);  Xavier Bettel Prime Minister, Minister of State

    (center, left to right) Colin Stewart, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP); Xavier Bettel Prime Minister, Minister of State

The Prime Minister was congratulated by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades for a personal interview and a working meeting at the Presidential Palace. In a friendly atmosphere, Nikos Anastasiades and Xavier Bettel summed up the urgent European and international problems, in particular the consequences of the war in Ukraine, where we will have to continue to demonstrate strong unity in a common European response.

Regarding the rise in energy prices, the Prime Minister and the President of Cyprus reminded that there were few short-term solutions and that the answer, again, would have to be coordinated at the European level. Xavier Bettel and Nikos Anastasiades also stressed that the energy crisis should also lead to a paradigm shift and speed up the energy transition within the EU. States will have to innovate and dig new paths to ensure much wider energy independence while encouraging renewable energy.

Then the Prime Minister stressed that “Luxembourg and Cyprus have been uniting in friendship for years. We demonstrate this in Brussels at the European Council, where our positions based on our common values ​​often converge and make our countries allies in mutual respect. ” where Luxembourg has already launched projects with countries that are also geographically remote, such as Lithuania, Estonia or even Denmark, with other identified sectors being green finance and space.

Finally, the Prime Minister and the President of Cyprus summed up the “Cyprus question”, which has divided the country into two parts since 1974. Xavier Bettel expressed his support for UNFICYP’s work in Cyprus, summing up: “Cyprus is the last country in the European Union to be divided into two parts; Nicosia is the capital of an EU member state and remains a city divided into two parts. We appreciate the role of the United Nations in reaching a final and peaceful solution to this long-standing problem. “

Xavier Bettel then met with Cypriot Speaker Anita Demetriou. The exchanges were dominated by the war in Ukraine and the Cyprus issue. The Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament also announced the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Finally, the meeting included Colin Stewart, the UN Special Representative in the demilitarized zone between the northern and southern parts of the island. In the demilitarized zone separating the Republic of Cyprus from the north, the Prime Minister met with UN peacekeepers providing peace and held a briefing at UNFICYP in Nicosia.

Reported by the Ministry of State