The resignation of the Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs

“A confederation requires the recognition of a separate state in the occupied territories, which by extension unrecognized the Republic of Cyprus,” Christodoulides said.

Without being drawn into the intricacies of the development of the internal politics of Cyprus, not to mention those which take place within the party in power, the Democratic Rally, the resignation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides involves a certain level of turbulence that does not benefit the national cause, the aspirations of the Cypriots to see their homeland reunited.

This premature scramble ahead of the country’s presidential elections in 2023 is simply not helping Nicosia.

The citizens of the Republic of Cyprus will decide who will lead their country after the 10-year term of President Nicos Anastasiades ends next February. But they will when the time comes. It is far too early for Cyprus to enter a special and prolonged pre-election period when the geopolitical reality of the region is so volatile.

In a confluence of events where Turkey’s aggression creates grave consternation and concerns as to how events might develop, especially ahead of the presidential elections in that country as well – and with nationalist rumblings from some to Stronger and stronger Ankara – the last thing Cyprus needs in the coming periods is personal animosities, (intra) party conflicts and divisions of all kinds.

On the contrary, what is needed is unity, or at least a certain sense of bringing together. There are too many open fronts, and they are all critical. From short-term developments, which include the planned drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, to medium-term strategic objectives, such as the prospects for the development of the EastMed gas pipeline project.

And all this with the pandemic still raging and testing the resilience of Cypriot society.

The only positive aspect of this fluid and worrying situation following the resignation of Christodoulides is that there will be neither uncertainty nor vacuum since Ioannis Kasoulides will once again be in charge of Cypriot foreign policy.

The presence of the very experienced and internationally respected predecessor of Christodoulides, who was twice Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2003, 2013-2018), as well as a member of the European Parliament (2004-2013), is a guarantee of stability, continuity and harmonious cooperation with Athens. All of this is necessary as we face a potentially explosive setup ahead of next year’s elections in Turkey.

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