Cyprus Acting President Demetris Syllouris assured on Saturday that all necessary measures have been taken following the developments in Turkey, adding that the situation is monitored and he is in close and constant contact with the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, who is participating in the ASEM Summit, in Mongolia. President Anastasiades is scheduled to return home on Monday.
In a written statement Syllouris notes that he presided over a ministerial meeting which was briefed by the head of the Security Forces. A second meeting took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Cyprus authorities assessed the situation and had contacts with the European Union and foreign governments.
Acting President Demetris Syllouris on Saturday morning spoke on the phone with the leaders of the political parties whom he briefed over the measures taken by the Government and the authorities following the military coup attempt in Turkey.
A statement says that Syllouris reassured the leaders that the situation is monitored carefully. Yesterday Syllouris presided over meetings that took place at the Police Headquarters and the Foreign Ministry.
President Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday morning had consultations with leaders who attend the ASEM Summit in Mongolia over the situation in Turkey. The President discussed the developments following the military coup attempt with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the High Representative Federica Mogherini as well as head of state and government.
According to a statement issued on Saturday morning, the President later took part in a panel discussion focusing on current terrorism challenges and security. The President had separate meetings with the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong and the Vice President of Indonesia Muhammad Jusuf Kalla.
The President briefed the Russian Premier on the current developments as regard the Cyprus issue and the situation in Turkey. Medvedev reiterated the firm principled positions of the Russian Federation and expressed the hope the current negotiations under the UN aegis to yield results. Bilateral ties and EU-Russia relations were also discussed during the meeting.
During the meetings with Prime Minister of Singapore and the Vice President of Indonesia, President Anastasiades briefed them on the Cyprus issue and they also exchanged views on the bilateral relations.
The Cyprus Police, the National Guard and all security forces were mobilised following the military coup attempt, CNA has learned. A source told CNA that the competent authorities were on high alert, mainly because the northern part of the island is occupied by the Turkish forces since the 1974 invasion.
Acting President Demetris Syllouris presided over a meeting in the presence of the Ministers of Public Order, Defence and Foreign Affairs and precautionary measures were taken.
Meetings also took place at the Police and National Guard headquarters. So far, nothing, out of the ordinary, has been spotted.
Cypriot citizens who found themselves in Turkey and have contacted the authorities on the island, are in good health, a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry says. The citizens are advised to stay indoors and refrain from wandering around.
The FM also urges all citizens who are planning to visit Turkey to postpone their plans for at least the next few days, due to the situation in the country, following the military coup attempts.
The Ministry is also in contact with the group of Cypriot students who take part in the gymnasiade in Trabzon. According to the Education Minister who spoke to CNA, the students will remain in the city and their return will be arranged in cooperation with the Greek authorities.
According to the statement, a very small number of Cypriot citizens are currently in Turkey and they have told the Ministry that arrangements are underway to return home. The Ministry expresses it gratitude to the Greek authorities for the assistance provided to Cypriot citizens in Turkey.
In case of emergency and / or consular emergency Cypriot citizens may contact:
+357 99660129, +35797775998 or the Greek Consulate General in Istanbul at:
Turnacibaci Sokak 22-Beyoglu 34433, Istanbul-Turkey
Tel .: (0090212) 3938290-1-2, 3938294
Fax: (0090 212) 252 1365