Cyprus and Greece share identical views as regards further actions on the Cyprus problem, Presidency says

Cyprus and Greece share identical views as regards further actions on the Cyprus problem, a press release issued by the Presidency of the Republic said, following the talks which President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras had this morning in Nicosia.

It is noted that the two sides coordinate aiming at the creation of preconditions with a view to achieve a settlement of the Cyprus problem based on the UN resolutions and decisions as well as on the EU basic principles and values, that will lead to a functional and viable state, without guarantee or intervention rights and dependency on third parties.

Moreover, according to the press release, Anastasiades and Tsipras had the opportunity to discuss ways of safeguarding sovereign rights and energy plans within the Republic of Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone.

As regards the Cyprus problem, it is noted that they discussed thoroughly its current phase, in view of the arrival of the UNSG’s envoy Jane Holl Lute to the island and the forthcoming meeting which the Greek Prime Minister will have with the President of Turkey.

It is also noted that President Anastasiades reiterated his determination to contribute in a positive way to the formation of the terms of reference, so that creative talks which will bring peace, stability and security for all of the citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, will resume the soonest possible.

The discussion confirmed once again that the governments of Cyprus and Greece share identical views and a very close cooperation, the press release concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency