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The Cyprus problem can be solved only on EU terms, says Greek President

House President Yiannakis Omirou (left) with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens

The European Union, its institutions and its leaders are realising that the solution of the Cyprus problem can and should be achieved only on EU terms, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Wednesday during a meeting with Cypriot House President Yiannakis Omirou.

Welcoming Omirou in his office, Pavlopoulos said the solution of the Cyprus problem could be reached on terms that safeguard Cyprus` smooth course within the EU and the euro area. Anything that would undermine this should be excluded, he said.

Omirou said a settlement should abolish the anachronistic guarantees of 1960 and safeguard the human rights of all Cyprus` lawful inhabitants as applies to citizens of the EU.

“Our message to all those stating that a Cyprus settlement is imminent, is that it would be more constructive to turn to and convince Turkey to abandon its traditionally intransigent approach on the Cyprus problem and to reconcile with the idea of such a settlement,” he said.

“Apart from rhetoric in favour of a settlement by Turkish officials, we have not yet seen signs that Turkey will accept the need for a proper, viable and democratic solution to the Cyprus problem,” he added. (CNA)

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