A Bridge Not Too Far: Connecting Serbia-Greece-Cyprus

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Focusing on shut ties, the international ministers of Greece, Serbia and Cyprus mentioned new alternatives for better cooperation in vitality, transport and tourism in addition to developments in Eastern Mediterranean, Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias stated.

Dendias met Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis in Belgrade on April 5.

“The priority for us is the implementation of the Joint Declaration that was signed in the context of the 3rd High-Level Cooperation Council, which took place in December 2019, in Athens. Unfortunately, the pandemic blocked its full implementation. But we look forward to implementing it as soon as conditions allow,” Dendias stated after his assembly along with his Serbian counterpart.

“We want our economic and trade relations to grow and deepen, along with our cooperation in important sectors such as energy and defence. Regarding energy, we discussed how to enhance connectivity between the countries in the region. And with regard to transport, I proposed – and I thank you for accepting this – a trilateral meeting between us and North Macedonia to discuss connectivity in our region,” Dendias stated.

In the context of the European perspective, he reiterated Greece’s undivided help for Serbia’s European perspective.

Monitoring Turkey’s actions within the area

The Greek Foreign Minister stated Greece can be monitoring Turkey’s intentions of their wider area and the hassle it’s making to make use of financial, non secular and cultural means to affiliate itself with nations within the area, and particularly with the Muslim inhabitants. “This is an issue that we are always monitoring carefully,” he stated.

“As I said in our meeting, I intend to travel to Ankara in the immediate future, next week, under the condition, of course, that the right climate exists. Under the condition that Turkey does not proceed to provocative actions that will block my visit. So, we hope that, this time, the Turkish side will abstain from such actions,” Dendias stated.

After the joint assembly between Cyprus, Greece and Serbia, Christodoulides stated the three ministers had the chance to evaluation the prospects for additional strengthening the prevailing robust bonds of friendship and cooperation between the three nations. “Our goal is none other than the creation and promotion of a positive agenda, for the benefit of our peoples, with the overarching goal of enhancing stability and prosperity in the wider region of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Drawing on the experience of such formations with other countries I am certain, that our contacts and cooperation in the near future will be intensified at all levels, so that further tangible results will emerge in specific areas in the very near future,” Christodoulides stated.

The Cypriot Foreign Minister stated they mentioned vitality points and methods of cooperation, bearing in mind Serbia’s curiosity in vitality developments within the Eastern Mediterranean, as manifested by the nation’s participation in a current assembly within the framework of vitality cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Israel. “Strengthening our economic cooperation through joint actions that can stem from the implementation of our strategy for economic diplomacy, was also discussed given the strong prospects for cooperation in this area, and we agreed to organize a Forum that will bring our business communities together,” he stated.

Cyprus problem

Christodoulides additionally briefed his colleagues on the newest developments on the Cyprus problem, in view of the casual Conference to be convened on the finish of the month in Geneva. “The sole goal is the resumption of substantive negotiations from the point where negotiations stopped at Crans Montana, to reach a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem that will really reunite the country on the basis of a bizonal bicommunal federation, in line with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and EU law, values ​​and principles, without anachronistic systems and structures that have no place in the 21st century,” Christodoulides stated, including that, on the similar time, the EU’s significant participation within the discussions on resolving the Cyprus drawback, in addition to the existence of a local weather conducive to an answer, with out provocative statements and actions, both on land or at sea, are important parts for a profitable final result of the continuing effort.

“We also held a very open and constructive exchange of views on the latest developments in the Western Balkans, as well as on the European perspective of the countries in the region. On this occasion, we reaffirmed our strong support to Serbia’s accession process and expressed our willingness to continue to provide all possible assistance, both politically and at a technical level, for the fulfillment of this strategic objective,” Christodoulides stated.

For his half, Selakovic stated he mentioned along with his colleagues the European way forward for Serbia. They additionally agreed to satisfy each six months to speak about matters from a number of areas of curiosity to Serbia, Greece and Cyprus.

Selakovic identified that additionally they mentioned financial cooperation, infrastructure, strengthening ties, vitality, gasoline provide from varied sources and varied routes, and identified that the primary aim of Serbia in regional coverage is to protect peace and stability.

He added that the ministers agreed that better cooperation is required within the area of tourism, agriculture, and the IT sector.

Selakovic thanked Greece and Cyprus for his or her principled help in preserving the sovereignty and integrity of Serbia, but in addition by way of European integration, and identified that Serbia helps Greece in persevering with the dialogue with Turkey.

He additionally reiterated his help for the sovereignty of Cyprus and likewise gave his help for the continuation of the dialogue between Nicosia and Ankara.