Cyprus solution, a top priority for Greece, Ambassador stresses

The achievement of a solution of the Cyprus problem constitutes a top priority for the Greek foreign policy, Ambassador of Greece in Nicosia Elias Fotopoulos, has stressed, adding that Greece remains by the side of the Cypriot people, supporting the efforts of the Republic of Cyprus to give an end to the Turkish occupation and illegal settlement and achieve a solution of the Cyprus issue.

In a televised address on the occasion of the Greek Independence Day, celebrated on the 25th of March, Fotopoulos notes that Greece is ready to contribute in a constructive manner in order to achieve Cyprus reunification and seize this historic opportunity for a just settlement of the Cyprus problem, in a sustainable and functional way”.

“We continue our struggle”, he said, adding that the goal is a viable and prosperous Cyprus for all its legitimate residents and to ensure a settlement, without occupation troops or guarantees that will strengthen the stability, security and peace in the wider region.

The Ambassador said that for 43 years and despite the decisions of the United Nations, Cyprus is still experiencing the consequences of the Turkish invasion in 1974 and occupation of 37% of its territory, while Turkish occupying forces are still in Cyprus territory and the country is divided.

Noting that the solution is more urgent than ever, he said that for almost two years now, there are ongoing talks between the two communities of Cyprus under the UN auspices, with a view to find a comprehensive, lasting and mutually acceptable solution that will ensure security, prosperity, justice and the respect of human rights. A solution, he added, in which Cyprus will be a modern, European, well-governed, independent and sovereign state without occupation armies and guarantees by third countries.

Referring to the current international political scene, he said that Greece and Cyprus are called to act on time and become a pole of stability, security, peace and development in the highly sensitive region of the Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

“This is achieved with great success through initiatives, which are not confined to the political field, but extend to the economic area, to energy, environment, education and culture”, he pointed out.

He gave as an example the tripartite cooperation of Greece and Cyprus with Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, cooperation, he said, which are not against any other country.

On the contrary, he concluded, they give a respond to those who instead of cooperation, they choose provocation.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN led talks between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities resumed in May 2015 with a view to reunite the island under a federal roof. The talks were interrupted in mid February by the Turkish Cypriot side.

Source: Cyprus News Agency