Greece will not accept a two-state solution in Cyprus, Greek FM says

Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis stressed that the Cyprus problem constitutes a priority for Greek foreign policy, stressing that Greece will not accept a two-state solution.

“We look forward to good neighborly relations with Turkey and aim to resume talks as well as develop a positive agenda through Confidence Building Measures and strengthening economic cooperation,” he pointed out.

In addition, he reiterated that Greece seeks “the resolution, on the basis of the international law of the sea, of the only difference between the two countries, the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone and the continental shelf, in the exact model of the agreements we have already made with Italy , Egypt and we hope soon with Albania as well”.

Regarding the extension of Greek sovereignty to 12 nautical miles, the Minister of Foreign Affairs noted that “Greece maintains the irrevocable, exclusive and unilateral right to extend its territorial waters to 12 miles, whenever it deems appropriate and necessary. Our foreign policy is very clear and our “red” lines are very clear”.

“We are not going to discuss issues concerning the demilitarization of the islands. These issues go back to the sovereignty of the country and are beyond any discussion and negotiation. We do not discuss issues that concern our sovereignty. I want to be absolutely clear,” he concluded.

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