Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday visited the Green Line in Nicosia on the second and last day of his trip to Cyprus.
He was accompanied by Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis and members of the municipal council.
In statements, near the dividing line at Ledra Street, Pavlopoulos described his walk along the ceasefire line as a “walk of reflection”, saying the fact that EU territory was under foreign occupation could not be accepted.
“This concerns both the EU and Turkey, because I deem that a just settlement of the Cyprus problem, in a functional and viable way, is in favour of Turkey itself, for the development of its relations with us,” he said.
He also said it was in the interests of the EU to aid in this direction as the status quo was an affront to the bloc itself.
He thanked the Mayor for his hospitality and said he hoped that during his next visit to the island “this place will be different and the international and European law will at last be implemented.”
Yiorkadjis thanked Pavlopoulos for his support to Cyprus and his continuous interest “which is long-standing.
During his walk along the dividing line, Pavlopoulos greeted members of the public and had short conversations with some.
Pavlopoulos and Yiorkadjis also gazed over the barrier into the buffer zone.
Later they visited Phaneromeni Church where students of nearby schools welcomed them holding Greek and Cypriot flags. A young girl offered Pavlopoulos flowers. Pavlopoulos also attended a short church ceremony during which priests and students chanted Christian psalms.
Yiorkadjis also presented Pavlopoulos, on behalf of the Municipal Council, with a silver plate depicting the old walls of Nicosia. (CNA)