Greece rejects two-state solution for Cyprus at EU Council

Greece rejects two-state solution for Cyprus at EU Council 1

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has repeated his rejection of any proposed two-state solution to the Cyprus issue proposed by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, during a working dinner of European Council leaders with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held in Brussels on Thursday.

Mitsotaskis reiterated the Greek government’s position, stressing that the Turkish position cannot in any way serve as a basis for negotiation, as it contradicts the UN Security Council’s decisions and whatever has been achieved in negotiations. It also contradicts the so-called ‘acquis communautaire’, he added.

The Greek Prime Minister then welcomed the joint statement on Wednesday by the Second Berlin Conference on Libya, which calls for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries from the North African country.

Although no specific mention of Turkey was made, the official statement does make reference to the departure of foreign forces:

“However, more needs to be done to address and resolve the underlying causes of conflict, consolidate Libyan sovereignty, build on the progress made, and restore peace and prosperity for all Libyans. National Presidential and Parliamentary elections scheduled for 24 December 2021 need to take place as agreed in the Roadmap adopted by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Tunis in November 2020, and their results need to be accepted by all. The necessary constitutional and legislative arrangements must be adopted. All foreign forces and mercenaries need to be withdrawn from Libya without delay, and the security sector reformed and placed firmly under unified, civilian authority and oversight.

 

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