Kotzias and Syllouris discuss Cyprus and Skopje issues

The Cyprus problem and the issue of Skopje were examined on Friday during a meeting in Athens between House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

According to Kotzias’ twitter account, the meeting was a good opportunity for an exchange of views on issues concerning Cyprus, while Syllouris said the main issue of their discussion was the Cyprus problem and the Skopje issue.

Syllouris is in Athens on a working visit. Earlier Friday, he conferred with President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his counterpart, Nikos Voutsi.

Pavlopoulos reiterated the need to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that respected the European Unions rules of sovereignty. He also said the Cyprus issue is an international and European issue and that no solution that involves third-party guarantees and occupation troops within the territory of an EU member-state can be accepted since this is a clear violation of the European acquis and constitutes a very dangerous precedent for the EU itself.

During his meeting with Voutsi, the latter said they are on the last stage of making public the Cyprus File. This publication will make the contents of the Cyprus File accessible to scientists and to the public in both countries, noted Syllouris.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated UN-backed negotiations have not yet yielded any results to reunite the country under a federal roof. The latest such effort, in July last year, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency