By Spiros Sideris – Athens
Successive meetings with the leaders of opposition parties Alexis Tsipras, Panos Kammenos, Dimitri Koutsoubas and Fotis Kouvelis, had on Tuesday, during his second day of his visit to Athens, the Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades.
Yesterday the President of the Republic of Cyprus, who is accompanied by Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, had a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.
The position that Greece and Cyprus should be a pillar of stability and security in the region, stated the president of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, during a statement after his meeting with Nikos Anastasiades.
I expressed to the President our strong support for the efforts of the Republic of Cyprus to make substantial progress in the negotiations. However I cannot hide my concern about the intransigence of the Turkish Cypriot and the Turkish side mainly because in the first two rounds of talks there were no significant developments. There was not even a recording of the convergences so far, in order to spend a substantial third round of talks, Tsipras said.
“I want to emphasize once again that the Cyprus matter is primarily a matter of invasion and occupation for 40 years of the northern part of Cyprus. Therefore, the process of solution of course must be in the context of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, based on the decisions of the United Nations.
The president of the “Independent Greeks”, Panos Kammenos in a statement after his meeting with the Cypriot President said they exchanged views, he was updated on the developments on the Cyprus matter and added that “the third phase appears to be delayed because of the stance of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots”.
Kammenos addressed three issues to Anastasiades “to which we agreed”, as he said and relate to bringing in the Parliament of Cyprus, the Cyprus File, which is in the Greek Parliament, the signing of an agreement for the EEZ and the stance that Greece and Cyprus must keep in relation to the sanctions the EU wants to take against Russia.
The Secretary of the Greek Communist Party Dimitris Koutsoubas stressed in his statements that: “Cyprus was and remains an international problem of invasion and occupation”.
“As long as the turkish intransigence and aggression continues, so it becomes more obvious to everyone that neither the accession of Cyprus to the EU and the famous “acquis communautaire” helped and promoted the resolution of the Cyprus matter, nor the hydrocarbons today can be a tool for the settlement of the Cyprus matter, while on the other hand, the increasingly greater concurrence with NATO, and the plans of NATO and the Americans in the region are creating new dangerous situations”, said the General Secretary of KKE, Dimitris Koutsoubas, after meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus.
The need for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus matter that will ensure the single sovereignty and statehood of Cyprus and which will clearly have a European mark, stated the president of DIMAR, Fotis Kouvelis, after the half-hour meeting with the President of Cyprus.