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‘Perhaps the last chance to settle Cyprus problem’ – Tsipras

PResident Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and their foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday night

This could be the last chance to resolve the Cyprus problem, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, and hope must be kept alive despite the circumstances not being the best.

Speaking in Brussels after the EU Summit on Thursday, Tsipras said the timing was not the best possible because of the tension in EU-Turkey relations.

“On the other hand we have a positive state of affairs in that both President Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader want a solution and they sincerely want it,” Tsipras said.

He added that this was perhaps the last opportunity to settle the matter considering that if another decade went by, the active generations on the island would be ones that had no memories of coexistence between the two communities.

“Thus, the perception that says there is no reason for the state of affairs to change would be amplified,” Tsipras said.

A possible solution, he said, will also benefit the wider region, including the agreement between the EU and Turkey on the refugee matter.

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