David Madden (SEESOX Associate and Senior Member of St Antony's College)
Cyprus High Commissioner in London, Euripides Evriviades, spoke on 2
December on "Cyprus: Prospects for reunification, peace with Turkey and
regional stability". David Madden chaired.
is Destiny". Cyprus stands at the cross-roads of three continents.
This is a blessing but it is also curse. It is something that cannot be
ignored; and so is the Cyprus problem.
There is under
way another attempt to find a solution. For a permanent, just and
viable settlement, everything must come together. There is a clear
understanding amongst the parties including the United Nations that
nothing can be agreed until everything is agreed.
is a member of the UN; the Commonwealth; the EU. Accession to the EU
in May 2004 was the most critical strategic development for Cyprus since
its independence in 1960. The accession of the Republic of Cyprus to
the EU is equally critical for the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Mediterranean sea is of pivotal importance for the countries in the
region, but also for the UK, Europe and for Transatlantic security. It
is imperative to have predictable, credible and reliable partners in the
Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus plays an important role in this regard
and is a security producer. This has been exemplified recently with
regards to the destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons; the role of
Cyprus in the maritime component of UNIFIL; support for humanitarian
evacuations, eg Lebanon; and currently for the fight against ISIS /