The President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades had separate meetings with the President of the Hellenic Republic and the Prime Minister of Greece in Athens.
Nicos Anastasiades went to Maximos Mansion in the morning where he was received by the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in a meeting which lasted for about an hour. The two men had the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in Cyprus’ EEZ and Turkey’s provocative actions in the Mediterranean and the Aegean, the expectations of a trilateral meeting in Berlin on November 25, which will be attended by UN Secretary-General, President Anastasiades and the leader of the Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akinci.
They agreed to coordinate their actions for a just and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem based on UN decisions.
The Greek PM and his wife invited Nicos Anastasiades and his wife for dinner to their home on Tuesday evening.
After Maximos Mansion, Nicos Anastasiades went to the Presidential Palace, where he was received by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Prokopis Pavlopoulos pointed out to his Cypriot counterpart the utmost confidence of everyone in Greece for the politically impeccable and responsible actions to defend the Republic of Cyprus throughout the process of resolving the Cyprus issue, adding that Greece’s support is a given.
The Cyprus issue is not a bilateral issue, it is international and mainly a European issue, Prokopis Pavlopoulos said.
“Cyprus is an integral part of the EU and of the hard core of the eurozone, so any solution to the Cyprus problem must respect, in addition to international and European law, all the requirements of the European acquis. And the European acquis in particular, in addition to international law, stipulates that the Republic of Cyprus can only exist after the solution of the Cyprus problem as a federal state. The notion of a Confederation is not recognized in primary European Law because it is not possible to apply the European acquis to a confederal state. These are elementary things that Turkey must understand”, the Greek President noted.
“Turkey must come to terms with the idea that it has something to do with Europe, not only with the international community, but with Europe when discussing the Cyprus issue. Neither the international community nor the EU, of course, will tolerate Turkey’s arbitrariness when it violates the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus”, Prokopis Pavlopoulos added.
For his part, the President of Cyprus expressed “the gratitude of the Cypriot people for their unwavering, genuine support to the Republic of Cyprus by the Hellenic Republic, especially with important references from you that show the extent of the Law on which the solution of the Cyprus problem should be based. I had the opportunity beforehand to meet with the Prime Minister in order to coordinate so that at the forthcoming meeting with the UN Secretary-General we would be fully harmonized, but also to demonstrate once again our absolute determination and political will to go with a positive agenda, to go so that the terms of reference are agreed, in order to lead to a creative dialogue”.
On another point, Nicos Anastasiades stated that the conditions, the prerequisites set by Turkey, cannot be accepted. To one again reiterate the readiness of the Republic of Cyprus to be present on November 25, in the hope that it will be possible to create the conditions that will allow the dialogue to resume.
Nicos Anastasiades was accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic to Athens, Kyriakos Kenevezos, and Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou./ibna