British MEP Marina Yannakoudakis attended a breakfast meeting with the President of Cyprus yesterday in London. President Nicos Anastasiades was on an official visit to the capital to meet with politicians and officials.

In attendance were MPs from main political parties, including London MPs Theresa Villiers, Matthew Offord, Nick de Bois, David Burrowes and Mike Freer.

The President told those present that he was introducing fresh measures to make it easier for Turkish Cypriots to vote in the European elections this coming May. It is hoped that this drive for better access will increase civic participation in Cyprus and improve relations between the Greek and Turkish communities.

Speaking of the event, Marina said “I’m grateful for the visit made by Mr Anastasiades, he is making considerable effort to resolve Cyprus’ problems and this measure to boost Turkish Cypriot involvement in the European elections is a real sign of progress”.

The President also discussed wider topics to do with the European elections, the present state of negotiations with Turkish authorities and missing persons in Cyprus. Efforts have been on-going for many years now to identify the graves and remains of all those who disappeared during the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.

40 years on, the illegal occupation remains and negotiations with the government in Ankara show no signs of removing the Turkish military presence any time soon.

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