Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades stressed that no European state should be under the warranty of any country, after their meeting on Wednesday in Athens. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Ksoulides and Cyprus Government Spokesman Nikos Chritodoulides were also present during the meeting.
Shortly after the departure of US President Barack Obama, the Cypriot President fully briefed Tsipras on last week’s negotiations in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland.
Tsipras stated that he was briefed on “the substantial and crucial discussions held last week in Switzerland concerning the key issue of territory, the aspects of property related to the territorial issue, as well as other chapters of the negotiations”.
Greece supports a fair and viable solution of the Cyprus issue, which constitutes a primary goal for Greeks and Cypriots, stated the Greek Prime Minister.
“Solving the Cyprus issue is a primary national aim not only for the Greeks and the Cypriot people but also for Europe and the wider region,” Tsipras said during a joint press conference.
“We steadily support a fair and viable solution for Cyprus, on the basis of U.N. decisions and Cyprus’ status as an EU member-state, without Turkish occupation forces and with the abolition of the anachronistic system of guarantees,” he added.
The Greek Prime Minister said that given the critical times the world is experiencing in the region and in Europe, those talks gain additional importance, according to the Athens News Agency. He also said the Cyprus issue is not a bilateral but an international issue that begun with the illegal invasion and occupation by Turkish troops.
Speaking to Anastasiades, Tsipras said Cyprus will receive the support needed from Greece in this negotiating effort because “we believe the fair solution of the Cypriot issue will be to the benefit of the Cypriot people.”
On his part the Cyprus President expressed his gratitude for the Greek Government’s support in the process and stated that he briefed Alexis Tsipras on the results of the territorial issue discussion.
The President stressed that the Cypriot side’s position is final and that Turkey’s position concerning warranty treaties and the existence of turkish troops in Cyprus is, as he termed it, “inconceivable”.
“It is inconceivable for a European State to be under the warranty of any other country let alone with occupation troops on the island”, he stressed.
It is worth noting that the Cyprus President’s visit to Athens came only a couple of hours after the departure of US President Barack Obama. During his historic visit to Athens, Obama expressed the hope that a lasting solution is possible in Cyprus.
He highlighted however that this does not mean that success will be guaranteed but that there is a possibility of resolving the decades old dispute. Barack Obama urged the parties involved to continue the effort and added that the interests of all Cypriots will benefit from a bizonal bicommunal federation.
He hoped that a lasting solution which will create new economic optimism for all Cypriots, is feasible. He concluded by saying that if indeed a resolution is achieved it will be a strong example of what can be achieved through diplomacy and compromise for all the world to see.
Finally according to the Cyprus News Agency, the UN have asked the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to confirm that the talks in Switzerland will resume this Sunday and finish on Monday.The two sides are expected to return to Mont Pelerin, where they spent five days last week discussing the aspect of territory./IBNA
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