When Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met in Athens on Saturday a resolution to the Cyprus issue were a critical part of what the two leaders discussed. As PM Tsipras emphasized discussions between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders were at critical mass.
“The Cyprus problem is one of illegal occupation, which has been going on for longer than my age,” Tsipras said according to Cyprus-mail.com. “We have to solve the problem with a fair solution. The role of the UN is important in this direction,” he added.
Tsipras commented to Ban Ki-Moon that the only solution that will make both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots feel secure and satisfied is a solution without occupation troops and creating a peaceful environment between neighbors.
According to the same report, after the meeting, the Secretary General thanked Greece for its enthusiastic support in regards to talks between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots, as well as welcoming the commitment of Tsipras and special adviser Espen Barth Eide, the Secretary’s special adviser on Cyprus as of 2014.