A Cyprus settlement must be in line with European law, Greek President tells PACE

The resolution of the Cyprus issue has to take place within the framework of European law, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said today, adding that this is not a national issue, but rather an international and European one.

Addressing on Wednesday the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in Strasbourg, Pavlopoulos added that Greece does not accept a Cyprus settlement which provides for foreign troops or guarantees by third parties.

We will never commit the crime of accepting a solution, which undermines the sovereignty of a member state of the EU and indeed the unity of the EU and its ability to defend the members of its family, he added.

The President of the Hellenic Republic spoke about the rule of law and representative democracy and replied later to questions from PACE member.

Answering a relevant question, Pavlopoulos said that when it comes to Cyprus, we are not only defending ourselves, but also primary European law and the acqui communautaire.

He added that Turkey as well has much to win from a resolution of the Cyprus issue, because then the Turkish Cypriot community, as well as the Greek Cypriot community will enjoy all the rights of European citizens within a federal state. He added at this point that there can not be a confederal solution for Cyprus.

He said finally that Cyprus remains an open wound and assured PACE members that Greece and Cyprus are ready to contribute to a settlement.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-backed talks aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency