Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pledged that Athens would continue its efforts towards a Cyprus solution, saying he himself was the same age as the Cyprus problem.
In a speech concluding the three-day parliamentary debate on the government’s policy statements, Tsipras said that although having Mustafa Akinci as leader of the Turkish Cypriots, “we cannot forget that above all the Cyprus problem is one of invasion and occupation.”
Any solution should terminate the presence of the Turkish army in the northern occupied part of the island, he added.
Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias said Cyprus was a national issue for Greece.
“We also welcomed the fact that we have convinced international mediators to take into account the rights of the three minorities in Cyprus (Armenians, Maronites and Latins) which have been forgotten for decades,” he said.
Kotzias said the Turkish Cypriots “should obtain all those rights that would make them feel that this island is also their home, the place where the new generation of T/Cs would have a right to dream, to live and raise family in the future.”
At the same time, he added, Greek Cypriots should have the paramount right to a feeling of security.
“There can be no solution to the Cyprus problem with the presence of occupation troops. This would not be solution, but a repetition of what lead us to 1974,” he said.
“And we should get over guarantees. The guarantor powers, and above all I refer to Turkey, have been violating the treaties of London and Zurich and are not entitled to have guarantor competencies, because new regulations and international law do not allow the use of force against and the occupation of a third country,” he said. (CNA)