Cyprus Peace Process Roundup

Our position towards Cyprus constitutes a duty for us, Greek FM says: Athens’ position on Cyprus is a duty Greece has to fulfill, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Saturday, adding that “we strive consistently so that all Greek Cypriots feel safe to the greatest possible extent in their homeland and that Turkish Cypriots and the three smaller communities in Cyprus enjoy their rights to the maximum possible degree.” Addressing a reception in Nicosia, at the Greek Ambassador`s residence, on the occasion of the Greek Independence Day, Kotzias said that Cyprus needs a viable and effectively functioning settlement and this has always been a priority for Greece. [Famagusta Gazette]

Time for high-level US-Cyprus contacts, spokesman says ahead of Priebus meeting: It was high time for a Cyprus-US meeting at the highest possible level, as a recognition of the strategic partnership between the two countries, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has said ahead of a meeting he will have on Tuesday in Washington with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. […] In statements to the press later, Christodoulides underlined the importance attributed by the US Administration to the region of the Eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Egypt and Jordan. [Cyprus Mail]

Cyprus: gas search will continue despite Turkish ‘threats’: Cyprus said Friday it won’t give up a search for oil and gas off its shores despite a call to stop by Turkey which warned that it would “take all necessary measures to protect its interests” in the eastern Mediterranean, as well as those of breakaway Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus’ government said it’s regrettable that Turkey is resorting to “threats” to advance its own interests under the guise of concern for the rights of Turkish Cypriots. [AP]

Juncker and Eide have a short meeting on Cyprus: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday had a short meeting with UN Special Envoy Espen Barth Eide, in Brussels. No press event or statements were made after the meeting. [Cyprus Mail]