Nicosia, March 24, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Kyriacos Kyriacou
Developments in the peace talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to unify Cyprus and the economy of the island (Cyprus) and Greece were the focus of meetings the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou held on Monday with President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and House President Yiannakis Omirou during her official viksit to the island.
This is the first official visit to a foreign state of the newly elected Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament.
In statements following her meeting with President Anastasiades, Konstantopoulou said that the Hellenic parliament would take concrete and necessary initiative on the Cyprus problem and stressed the need for a political settlement.
She noted that the Cyprus issue should act as a general reminder that the EU must return to human, universal and European values of peaceful coexistence between peoples and societies.
Konstantopoulou said she had a long and substantive discussion with President Anastasiades during which she was briefed on the priorities of Cyprus and its people and outlined to the President the initiatives of the Hellenic parliament.
These initiatives, she added, have direct relation and relevance with the priorities and interests of the people of Cyprus, especially “in view of the trials that beset and oppress both the Greek people and the Cypriot people and other peoples who have been victimized by Memoranda”.
The Hellenic parliament, she said, in cooperation with the Greek government is carrying out an investigation into the responsibilities that brought the country under the Memorandum and expressed certainty that this investigation will give some valuable information and reveal the parameters and responsibilities regarding the Cyprus banking crisis. She said the initiatives of the Hellenic Parliament aim to serve the peoples` right for justice and truth.
On the Cyprus question, she stressed that the concrete solidarity of the Greek people and the Hellenic parliament is self-evident and indisputable towards resolving the Cyprus issue in encouraging the resumption of talks without any actions that would obstruct the peace talks to result in a solution.
The solution, she said, “must be in the framework of the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality and parity, with a single international personality, a single sovereignty, single citizenship, under international law in particular under the acquis communautaire protecting human rights and the right to self-determination of peoples “.
“It goes without saying that the Hellenic Parliament will actively contribute and take any necessary initiative to this end”, she said.
At her meeting with Yiannakis Omirou, they both reiterated their common position for the need to find a solution of the Cyprus problem without threats.
Greek Speaker stressed that solidarity between the two countries should not be compromised “for any political gains.”
They both discussed the Cyprus problem, the Turkish provocations in the Cypriot EEZ, the economic crisis in both countries, European Union issues and issues relating to the cooperation between the two parliaments.
Omirou said Konstantopoulou`s first visit to Cyprus has very important symbolism because it reaffirms that the metropolitan Hellenism through the Hellenic Parliament is standing by the struggle of the people of Cyprus aiming at ending the illegal Turkish military occupation and restoring human rights and freedoms of the people.
Within this context, he added, “we have decided that our parliamentary delegations will be in full cooperation and coordination at international parliamentary and regional organizations and when needed there would be a direct communication between the Presidents of the two bodies, the two Parliaments to promote our common national goals. ”
Regarding the economic crisis, Omirou stressed that “our common position is that prolonged austerity and iron fiscal discipline imposed by the dominant hegemonic cycles of the EU in recent years have led the economies to deep recession, unprecedented unemployment, the phenomenon of migration and undermine social cohesion both in Cyprus and Greece. “