PM Tsipras: Greece wants to exhaust every effort to achieve a solution on Cyprus

Greece wants to exhaust every effort to achieve a solution on Cyprus, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday during a meeting with Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis, adding that Greek political parties seem to agree on how to address the ongoing Cyprus talks.

“So far, there seems to be an agreement with political forces,” Tsipras told Theodorakis before the cameras. “Every effort is being made to initiate proceedings, to ensure at least that all possibilities for a solution will be exhausted. We are not interested in a blame game, but the solution doesn’t only depend on us; it is mainly the other side that needs to lift their intransigence,” he said.

On his side, Theodorakis reiterated his proposal for the setting up a National Security Council which would tackle issues of national importance, such as the Cyprus issue, and noted the importance of a responsible national stance in support of the Cypriots.

“On national issues, there should be a permanent institution, the National Security Council. This way and despite any clashes among political parties, there will be a discussion among democratic forces for a national line, with the responsibility of the prime minister,” Theodorakis said.

Tsipras said the opposition has held a common stance which has been recognized by the international community and the EU which will be present at the talks. “We’ll do everything in our power. There must be an agreement among political forces. I think so far we can see it,” he added.