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Cyprus pledges support for India’s struggle against COVID-19

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Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides spoke with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today.

The Cypriot minister conveyed his country’s solidarity to the government and people of India in their efforts to combat a second deadly wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As he said on Twitter, he announced Cyprus’ “decision to concretely support these efforts through financial contributions.”

India is currently has an average of 2,882 deaths a day related to COVID-19, and a daily average of news cases of almost 350,000.

In response to the Cypriot minister’s announcement, Jaishankar said “Thank Foreign Minister Christodulides of Cyprus for the message of solidarity in this difficult time.”

Discussed the support extended by the European Union to our efforts in combating the pandemic,” the Indian minister added.

Christodoulides also briefed Jaishankar about the Geneva meeting to find a solution to the Cypriot issue on the basis of a bi-zonal and bi-communal solution set out by United Nations Security Council.

This solution recently got the reconfirmed support of the EU, the U.S., China and Russia.

During yesterday’s contacts, Turkish-speaking Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, with the support of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, also submitted a six-point written memorandum, in which he expressed his demand for a change in sovereign equality.

In essence, he called on the UN Secretary General to proceed with maneuvers that would lead to the recognition of the pseudo-state of the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” which has no international recognition, except from Turkey.

Greek Cypriots, with support from the UN, the U.S., the EU, Russia and China, want a bi-zonal bi-communal federation with political equality, in accordance to United Nations resolutions.

The so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC), is an illegal entity established after the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.

It is recognised by no other state in the world besides Turkey, and was deemed an illegal entity by United Nations Security Council resolutions 541 and 550.

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