New York (ANA-MPA / F. Karaviti) – A solution to the Cyprus problem must abide by the principles and acquis of the European Union, of which the Republic of Cyprus is a member-state, and not only by United Nations resolutions, main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou said here on Friday.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias on the sidelines of the 63rd UN General Assembly, Papandreou also hailed the start of substantive negotiations aimed to resolve the island republic’s protracted political problem.
“In the European Union there is no need of other guarantors,” Papandreou said in a clear reference to Turkey’s insistence on a Cyprus solution being guaranteed by third countries.
“The solution must be able to function effectively and to the benefit of Cypriots in the framework of the European family,” Papandreou also said, committing to do everything in the framework of the SI in this direction.
President Christofias, on his part, said he hoped the Turkish Cypriot side would demonstrate the same good will for a Cyprus solution.
“I want to believe that the Turkish Cypriot side will demonstrate the same good will so as to advance, even more so when it is anxious for a solution as soon as possible,” he said.
The Cyprus president noted that the Greek Cypriot side had no objection to this, but noted, however, that there were certain parameters to the problem “such as governance and other important and crucial aspects on which we have not yet touched.”
The Cypriot president thanked Papandreou for “all his efforts and the SI’s positions” on Cyprus.