SYRIZA leader Tsipras meets with Cyprus President

Greece and Cyprus should be the pillars of regional stability and security, main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday after a meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

“I had the opportunity to be briefed by the President Anastasiades on the developments in the talks. Their second round, in an effort to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus issue, was concluded. I expressed our strong support to the efforts of the Cyprus Republic for a substantial progress in the talks to the President. However, I cannot hide my concern about the intransigence of the Turkish- Cypriot side and mainly the Turkish one, as there were no significant developments during the first two rounds,” Tsipras said.

“I want to point out once again that the Cyprus issue – let us not forget it- is primarily an issue of invasion and 40-year occupation in the northern part of Cyprus. Therefore, the process of the solution must be in the context of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, based on the resolutions of the United Nations,” he said.

“In this context, the key priority is for Greece and Cyprus to be a pillar of stability and security, but at the same time forces that will consistently seek the cooperation and the peaceful settlement of disputes,” Tsipras added.