Brussels.- By Athanasios Athanasiou/CNA
European Commission President Jean – Claude Juncker has expressed his personal and institutional support to the Cyprus settlement talks, during a farewell meeting with the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Institutions, Ambassador Cornilios Corniliou, whose term in Brussels was concluded Friday.
During this bilateral meeting the Permanent Representative discussed with President Juncker the achievements and challenges for the Republic of Cyprus and the European Union in general in recent years, stressing that Cyprus is and will remain an active and reliable member state of the European family.
The Ambassador thanked the European Commission and the President personally for their support for the solution of the Cyprus issue, stressing that Cypriots wish and hope for a just and viable solution.
A series of farewell events for the Permanent Representative have been organized in the recent days, where EU Commissioner, Cypriot Christos Stylianidis, Cypriot MEPs Lefteris Christoforou Kostas Mavridis, Dimitris Papadakis, Eleni Theocharous, Neoklis Silikiotis and Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Judges in the European Union Court Constantine Lycurgus and Anna Markouli, the Representative of the Church of Cyprus in Brussels Bishop Porphyrios of Neapolis, officials of the EU institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, foreign personalities and journalists were present.
Ambassador Corneliou assumed his post as Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the EU institutions in October 2011 and remained in that position for over five years, including the Cyprus EU Council Rotating Presidency semester. On Monday February 13, Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations assumes the EU Permanent Representative Position. Corneliou will replace him at the UN headquarters.