Greece and Cyprus to move forward together on regional issues

Anastasia's and Mitsotakis

Anastasiades and Mitsotakis

Following their meeting on Monday, Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades reaffirmed the strong bond between both countries and the need for close co-operation in dealing with regional challenges such as Turkey’s provocations.

During their joint press conference on Monday, the Greek PM said that the end of the Turkish occupation is the top priority for the island and stressed that a future resolution of the issue should abolish the outdated institution of guarantees. He also expressed his optimism over the future meeting of Anastasiades with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Mustafa Akinci.

Mitsotakis assured President Anastasiades that Greece and the European Union will support Cyprus in any rising tensions relating to regional energy issues such as the Turkish drilling in the island republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and expressed support for trilateral collaborations active in the area, which he noted had been initiated during the government of Antonis Samaras and were continued by governments since.

Turkish transgression clearly violates the Cyprus Republic’s sovereign rights and also relates to the EU’s energy policy, which seeks to diversify energy in the East Mediterranean basin, he said. Greece affirms its support to Cyprus, he added, noting that Greece will respond in the framework of the EU and its decisions.

Cyprus President Anastasiades said that both of them agreed that the restart of negotiations on the Cyprus issue “demands Turkey’s active contribution in creating the right climate, and in putting an end to illegal activities within Cyprus’ EEZ and in the plans for the sealed-off area in Famagusta.”

An acceptable solution to the Cyprus Republic would be a resolution based on EU principles, UN resolutions and Security Council decisions, without the outdated system of guarantees or the occupying army.

Nicosia is willing to support a resolution without winners and losers, Anastasiades said, one that will guarantee its effectiveness and viability and will safeguard the human rights of all legal citizens of Cyprus, without super-privileges for one community at the expense of the other.