During an event organised by the Cypriot parliament to mark the 40 years of the Turkish invasion, the House President Yiannakis Omirou stated that the difficult economic situation of Cyprus should not affect the course of the Cypriot problem.
Omirou said that the national strategy must be based on the island’s natural resources and the geo-strategic, geo-political and geo-economic data that are forming in the region, such as the cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, the excellent relations of Cyprus with the Arab world, and Turkey’s deteriorating relations within the region.
“We have to work for the recovery of the Cypriot economy. We have to make good use of all the strengths of Cypriot society, just like after the tragedy of 1974. Our economy, along with our defence, are the top pillars of the necessary national strategy to achieve our goal,” he said.
The event was attended by the President of Greek Parliament, Evangelos Meimarakis. The Greek MP expressed the support of Greece for a just and functional solution of the Cyprus problem within the framework of the UN Security Council decisions and Cyprus’ status as a EU member.
The “Mikis Theodorakis” orchestra performed poems by Yiannis Ritsos, one of Greece’s most important poets, accompanied by Theodorakis’ music.