President Pavlopoulos: ‘Absolute alignment between Greece and Cyprus’

The absolute alignment between Greece and Cyprus throughout time, and the formation of a strong front in support of the two countries’ rights, was underlined by President Prokopios Pavlopoulos at his Monday meeting with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Christodoulides.

Pavlopoulos reiterated that the Cyprus issue is both international and European, pointed out that this is something Turkey must fully understand, and called for its resolve as soon as possible, with full implementation of the provisions of international and European law.

“Under these provisions, the Cyprus solution means, among other things, a federal state – as the notion of a confederation is inconceivable for a European Union member state – and a fully sovereign state, which excludes, to begin with, troops on the ground and anachronistic third-party guarantees,” the president added.

Pavlopoulos underlined that “Greece and Cyprus will defend their borders, their territory and their Exclusive Economic Zone, in their entirety, as these also happen to be the EU’s borders, territory and EEZ.”

“Turkish arbitrariness will not pass,” he stressed, as “a typical example of this Turkish arbitrariness is the so-called memorandum of understanding between Turkey and the so-called Libyan government, but our position is clear on this too: this memorandum is internationally acknowledged to be institutionally unsound, therefore non-existent and has no legal effect.”

Nicos Christodoulides thanked the Greek president, and emphasized how these challenges concern the European Union, which the EU must tackle successfully, not only because its credibility is being threatened, but also because the interests of EU member states and European people are also affected.”