Hellenic Parliament official says hope should remain alive for a Cyprus settlement

Georgios Varemenos, Second Deputy Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, said on Thursday that hope should remain alive for a solution to the Cyprus problem.

He also said Greece and Cyprus should remain united and calm before Turkey’s provocations.

Varemenos is in Cyprus, representing the Greek Speaker, at events marking the 1974 military coup that toppled the legal government of Cyprus and Turkish invasion of the country that followed five days later.

Speaking after being received by President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Varemenos said he was briefed by the President on the result of the latest round of talks on Cyprus at Crans-Montana which failed to reach a settlement on Cyprus.

He said last year when he visited the President, he left with a sense of optimism that there could be progress towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem. However, he added, this hope did not become a reality. But I have to say that we must keep the hope alive, even if some time goes by.

The Greek official referred to the handing over of the documents and archives of the Greek parliament’s inquiry into the Cyprus problem last week, expressing hope that the Cypriot parliament will be able to use it in any way it deems positive. He also said that even after 43 years, light needs to be shed on what happened during the 1974 tragedy.

Varemenos added that after the unfortunate result of the talks at Crans Montana, Turkey has been exhibiting a nervous and unstable attitude that does not contribute to stability in the region. “We have to stand united and calm before these provocative moves, said Varemenos, noting that Athens and Nicosia must utilize the experience they have from such crises.

He said Greece and Cyprus are stability pillars in the wider region and maintain cooperation with nearby countries. “We are not forming alliances against any specific country or bloc, we are merely increasing our cooperation and we believe that we are a pillar of stability in the region.

Whoever creates problems in the region will experience only diplomatic isolation, he added.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided by Turkish troops since 1974. The latest round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency