European Greens express support to Cyprus over nuclear concerns

European Greens expressed Saturday support to Cyprus and the Cyprus Green Party over concerns for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, in the southern coast of Turkey.

Green Party Member Evelyne Huytebroeck, who is also a Member of the Brussels Parliament, is paying a visit to Cyprus to attend the 11th Cyprus Green Party conference, on Sunday. She was accompanied this morning by Cyprus Green Party President Giorgos Perdikis and met with the President of the House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris.

In statements after the meeting, Huytebroeck said the moment was important for the European community to show support and solidarity, while there are many questions for the future of Europe.

We Greens, are sure that we cannot build a strong, a better Europe if we are not all together, from Cyprus to Belgium, from Spain to Sweden she said.

She pointed to next year’s European Parliament elections, noting that they are very important for European Greens, adding that the campaign begins now. She also expressed hope that Cyprus Greens will also elect a Member of the European Parliament.

Asked about Akkuyu, the Brussels MP and former Environment Minister referred to the resolution, the European Green Party adopted recently, noting that this is a very important problem that knows no borders.

Belgium, like Cyprus, is a very small country, she said and added that when France builds a nuclear power plant, there are consequences beyond the border. It is the same with Turkey and Cyprus, she added.

This is an area where we want to show our support to our Green friends and all the people in Cyprus, Huytebroeck underlined.

Perdikis said from his part that they discussed with House President Syllouris the Cyprus problem, the economy and environmental issues. He said the presence of European Green Party representatives in Cyprus was important in highlighting the alignment of positions and views. Huytebroeck, he added, will attend Sunday the party conference and will have the opportunity to learn more about the Cyprus problem, as well as the economy and the environmental issues the country is facing.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Numerous UN-backed rounds of negotiations to reunite the island under a federal roof have not yet yielded result.

Source: Cyprus News Agency