PM Samaras meets Cyprus Republic President Anastasiades

The Cyprus issue dominated in the talks on Monday between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and visiting Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades.

After the meeting at Maximos Mansion, government headquarters, Samaras stated that there is no noticeable rapprochement between the two sides in the Cyprus issue but, on the contrary, their completely opposite views on the community acquis and the confidence-building-measures, among others, are confirmed.

“The talks continue, but in order to reach a solution, the other side will have to display willingness; Turkey should comply with international law and the recent Human Rights Court ruling,” the prime minister underlined.

“Regardless of the other side’s stance, our common goal will be to end the illegal military occupation and reach a functional, fair, viable and mutually acceptable solution based on the UN,” the prime minister underlined and assured that Greece will continue to support Cyprus’ efforts for the solution of the Cyprus issue. “We are together,” he said characteristically.

On his part, the Cyprus Republic president thanked Greece for its support and referred to the Turkish side’s refusal to meet its commitments.

Anastasiades pointed out that “together with the Greek government we have decided that the option of dialogue is the best choice”, noting that Greece and Cyprus are EU members and the European dimension of the Cyprus issue will have to be utilized.

“Our understanding and firm strategic course overturn the Turkish designs,” he added.