Written statement by the Deputy Government Spokesman Mr. Victoras Papadopoulos

We consider as positive the decision by Mr. Mustafa Akinci (leader of the Turkish Cypriot community) to participate in a social event with the President of the Republic and we express the hope, far and away from whatever grievances, to concentrate at last on a dialogue of substance, away from any demands of third parties that do not serve the interests of the two communities.

Our resolve was and remains to find a lasting, functional and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that will address the reasonable concerns of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and which will not deviate from the fundamental principles and values of the EU and the European acquis.

Source: Press and Information Office