Greek Prime Minister had high level talks during his two-day official visit in Cyprus.
Nicosia.- Greek Prime Minister held high level talks during his two-day visit in Cyprus during which he stressed Greece’s firm support for a Cyprus solution that will put an end to Turkey’s illegal occupation of part of the country and to the continuous influx of Anatolia settlers.
During his visit he met with President Demetris Christofias, House President Yiannakis Omerou, Archbishop Chrysostomos and the political leadership and he addressed the House of Representatives.
President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias and Greek Prime Minister Loucas Papademos reviewed during a meeting they held Thursday their next steps as regards the Cyprus issue and reaffirmed the excellent level of bilateral ties.
The Greek Prime Minister, who pays Cyprus an official visit, held tete a tete meeting with President Christofias, followed by official talks with the participation of Cypriot and Greek delegations.
They also discussed about energy issues, the economic crisis and the assumption of the presidency of the EU Council of Ministers by Cyprus in July.
In statements at a press conference, which followed, President Christofias said that the visit of the Greek PM constitutes one more proof of the excellent and fraternal relations between the two states.
He added that they exchanged views on the next steps as regards the Cyprus problem and thanked the Greek Prime Minister for his support towards Cyprus’ policy on the Cyprus issue.
“The Cyprus issue and the course of the Cyprus talks, or to be exact, the stalemate of the negotiations, was one of the main issues we discussed”, he said.
President Christofias noted that they exchanged views and reviewed the next steps, taking into consideration Ankara’s intransigence.
He said he underlined his commitment to the achievement of a solution that would end the Turkish occupation of Cyprus and Ankara’s policy of illegally bringing to the island Turkish settlers, in an attempt to change Cyprus’ demographic structure.
“The solution of the Cyprus problem should restore human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Cyprus and strengthen the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Cyprus”, President Christofias stressed.
As regards Turkey’s stance towards the Cypriot EU presidency, he said that Nicosia expresses its disappointment over Turkey’s policy to threaten the EU and freeze its relations to the EU during Cyprus’ presidency, urging Ankara to fulfill its obligations and respect the EU institutions.
During the meeting, they reviewed energy issues emphasizing on Turkey’s threats and aggressiveness to Cyprus’ sovereign right to conduct exploratory research for hydrocarbon reserves in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
While addressing an official banquet, at the Presidential Palace, organized by President Demetris Christofias in his honor, Papademos said that Greece and Cyprus strive for a just and viable Cyprus solution, on the basis of the UN Security Council resolutions, EU principles and the acquis.
This solution, he went on, will provide for a bizonal bicommunal federation, with a single sovereignty, international personality and citizenship and with political equality, as defined by the UN Security Council resolutions.
On Friday Papademos met with House President Yiannakis Omirou, Archbishop Chrysostomos and parliamentary party leaders and addressed a special plenary session of the House of Representatives, in the presence of the President of the Republic Demetris Christofias.
He has also visited the military tomb at Makedonitissa, where Greek soldiers killed during the 1974 Turkish invasion are buried. He then visited the graves of Greek Cypriots hung by the British during the anti-colonial struggle in the mid 50s.
The Greek Premier also met with the Pancyprian Committee of Relatives of Missing Persons and Undeclared Prisoners, the Pancyprian Union of Refugees and the Committee of Turkish Occupied Municipalities.
Papademos arrived on the island on Thursday, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stavros Demas, Minister of State Pantelis Kapsis and government officials.