PM Tsipas: Greece and Cyprus are a field of stability in a wider region of conflicts and destabilisation

“We want to exploit the geostrategic dynamics of Greece in the negotiation with the partners,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after his meeting with President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and added that “the solution of the Cyprus issue and a fair solution can be a step forward towards exploiting the geostrategic position of Greece and Cyprus.”

Regarding the financial crisis, he said that “it is a European crisis and we are seeking a solution within the European Union.”

“Greece and Cyprus are a field of stability in a wider region of conflicts and destabilisation,” Tsipras underlined. “We agreed on a trilateral meeting with Egypt that contributes towards the safeguarding of the peace and stability in the wider area of the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Greek prime minister said adding that the trilateral meeting is an invitation to other forces of the region to cooperate always within the framework of the international UN principles.

Our first target is the focus on the continuation until the final successful outcome of the bi-community discussions for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, he noted. The Turkish provocative actions and their repercussions over the solution of the Cyprus issue were discussed at the meeting. “We underlined that after Barbaros withdrawal, the conditions are better for the restart of the discussions,” Tsipras added.

On his part, Nicos Anastasiades said that Europe must break out of the austerity policies to help countries facing a bigger problem to return to growth.

As regards regional cooperation issues, he stressed that development and cooperation efforts are not directed against any other country adding that what we want is peace with the countries of the Arab Gulf and Turkey if it wants it too.

“We have stretched out the hand to Turkey for peace and cooperation conditions so as to focus on growth for the benefit of people,” Anastasiades said and added: “If events such as the ones in last September are repeated, there can be no dialogue in conditions of threats and blackmail.”