Pavlopoulos stresses need for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem

Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Friday reiterated the need to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that respected the European Union’s rules of sovereignty, at a meeting with the President of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Syllouris at the Presidential Mansion.

Pavlopoulos noted that the Cyprus issue is an international and European issue and that no solutions can be accepted that involve third-party guarantees and occupation troops within the territory of an EU member-state since this is a clear violation of the European acquis and constitutes a very dangerous precedent for the EU itself, while underlining that “there is no EU member-state with a limited sovereignty.”

He also pointed out that “we are sincere and clear towards Turkey, we want the Cyprus problem to be solved, but on the terms we have set. We will not back down because these are not only terms that concern Greece and Cyprus, these are terms that concern the European family and we are deeply European.”

On his part, Syllouris thanked Pavlopoulos for his warm welcome.

With regard to the resolution of the Cyprus problem, he underlined that Greece and Cyprus will act in accordance with the basic principles of the EU and he referred to the role that they can play in Europe and the wider region of the southeastern Mediterranean.