Greece Stands by Cyprus in Defense of its Rights, PM Mitsotakis Says



President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and other senior Cypriot officials held a meeting with Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday morning.

The two leaders discussed the progress made in talks between the two ethnic communities of the island, which are sn attempt to find a common way out of the impasse of the last decades on the Cyprus issue.

Anasiasiades informed the Greek PM on the results of his recent contacts with the United Nations envoy Jane Holl Lute, who has worked extensively with both sides on the Cyprus situation.

The President of Cyprus called the latest remarks by the Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu ”unacceptable, which highlight the intense concerns of the Greek Cypriot community, which are no other than Turkey imposing complete control over the Turkish Cypriot community.”

Prime Minister Mitsotakis addressed the Cypriot president in warm and cordial tones by saying ”I want you to know, my dear Nico, both you personally, and Cypriot Hellenism as a whole, that Greece will always stand by the Republic of Cyprus in this painful effort to reunite this big island.”

The two leaders pledged to coordinate actions ahead of the UN General Assembly in New York, which will convene later this month, and in relation to efforts to resume negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

The President of Cyprus and the Greek leader also discussed Turkish provocations in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of Cyprus and in the wider region.

President Anastasiades held a long discussion with his Greek counterpart Prokopios Pavlopoulos via telephone earlier on Tuesday.

Anastasiades informed the President of Greece about the latest developments regarding the Cyprus problem, with Pavlopoulos expressing his ”strong support” for Cyprus.

The Cypriot leader also called the former Greek PM, and current leader of the Opposition, Alexis Tsipras, to inform him about current developments on the negotiations on the island.

 

With information from CNA