Greek President: Cyprus problem is an international one
The latest developments on the Cyprus issue and the stabilising role of Greece and the island in the region dominated a meeting on Wednesday between Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Cypriot Parliament President Yiannakis Omirou on Wednesday.
Pavlopoulos underlined the positive climate of the meeting and stressed that both the Cypriot and Greek Parliaments share the same views.
He also reiterated that the Cyprus problem is an international and mainly European one and its solution can, and must, be found based on EU terms.
Pavlopoulos also stressed the importance of Cyprus remaining in the European Union and the eurozone and made clear that solutions undermining its European course are ruled out.
"Confederal solutions are ruled out," the Greek President stated.
"The conditions, under which the Cyprus problem will be resolved, after the reunification of the two communities, is the existence of a federal state and not a confederal state, a state with single sovereignty, single citizenship and single international presence."
On his part Omirou pointed out that so far there has been no evidence for a viable solution to the Cyprus problem and underlined the important role played by Greece and his country in the region as a factor of stability, security, peace and cooperation.
Omirou also noted that Greece proved the greatness of Hellenism with the way it is handling the refugee crisis and stressed the need for European partners to support the country and the Greek economy to get back on the course of growth, prosperity and social cohesion.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed last May.