Presidential Commissioner meets with Greek officials

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, Photis Photiou, met on Friday with Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Amanatidis, Alternate Minister of National Defence, Fotis Kouvelis, and Greek Chief of Defence, Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis.

During his meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Commissioner Photiou highlighted the problem of human rights violations, which are reported in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, referring in particular to the violations of religious and cultural rights and the destruction of cultural heritage.

Commissioner Photiou stated that the restoration and respect of human rights are the necessary conditions for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus Problem, a solution which must reunite the country and put an end to the occupation and Turkish settlements.

Commissioner Photiou and Deputy Minister Amanatidis both emphasized the importance of religious and cultural diplomacy, agreeing in the deepening of bilateral cooperation of Greece and Cyprus through such diplomatic initiatives.

During his meeting with Alternate Minister of National Defence and with Greek Chief of Defence, Photiou focused on Cyprus’ efforts to identify the missing persons and victims of Turkish invasion. As he said, Turkey’s negative stance towards these efforts is not productive nor helpful for the solution of this significant humanitarian problem.

Our goal is to deliver to each family the identified remains of their beloved deceased, so that families and the state can, even belatedly, honor their memory appropriately, said Commissioner Photiou.

Source: Cyprus News Agency