(dpa) - Cyprus can act as a bridge between the European Union and its neighbors, including Armenia, Parliament President Demitris Christofias said Thursday after a meeting with Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian, on a working visit to the island.
Christofias said they discussed the latest developments in Cyprus as well as the prospect of enhanced bilateral cooperation. "Friendly relations, development of economic and cultural exchanges, when accompanied by practical steps, become more solid," said Christofias.
"In future, we will focus on economic cooperation. There are no political differences between our two countries. Just the opposite, we have a lot in common on the resolution of conflicts and regional peace and stability so we will continue to work together in international organizations," he said.
Meanwhile, Oskanian also discussed Cyprus' accession to the EU, the problems in the Caucasus and the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh with his Cyprus counterpart George Iacovou. He said "we see Cyprus as a friendly country, as an insider in the EU and we can rely on its help to further advance our integration processes with European structures and particularly with the E.U."
Iacovou referred to the presence of an Armenian community in Cyprus that is active in the economic, social and political life of the country.
Oskanian said he listened to the explanation of the Cypriot minister about the U.N. unification plan and the reasons the Greek Cypriot community rejected it in a referendum on April 24. "We've also talked about other regional matters, particularly Armenia's relations with its neighbors, Turkey in particular," he noted, adding "as a goal before us we have the normalization of ties between Armenia and Turkey."