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Cyprus solution cannot diverge from international and European law, Greek president says (Updated)

Prokopis Pavlopoulos (CNA)

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Sunday that there could not be a solution of the Cyprus problem that diverges from the principles of the international law and the European acquis.

Pavlopoulos said this was the national policy supported by everyone, including President Nicos Anastasiades.

“These are the principles and values that we honour and through them we defend the European Union,” he said, speaking at the national memorial service of Eoka fighter Kyriakos Matsis.

Anastasiades also attended the service, held in Palaichori, Matsis’ birth place said: “We are in absolute agreement and we have a common policy with the Greek government as regards the solution of the Cyprus problem, and it shall be followed until the end,” he said.

In his speech, Pavlopoulos said that Cyprus and Greece had shown in practice their sincere willingness for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem as soon as possible and stressed the need for a solution that would fully respect international and European law.

Any other solution, said the Greek president, would put into question the smooth course of the Republic of Cyprus within the international community, and mainly within the EU and the eurozone and it would set a negative precedent for the international community and for the European Union and the sovereignty of its member states.

This conclusion, he explained, combined with the fact that the sovereignty of the member states of the European Union is regulated directly by the provisions of the EU Treaty, leads directly to the conclusion that the solution of the Cyprus problem should ensure at least the three following characteristics of the Republic of Cyprus:

Firstly, federal characteristics, since any form of confederation is inconceivable in terms of the institutional standards with which each member state of the European Union must comply in order to effectively ensure the implementation of the European acquis.

Secondly, a single international legal personality, and consequently a single citizenship for the citizens of the Republic of Cyprus.

Thirdly, the ability of the institutions of the Republic of Cyprus to fully exercise its internal and external sovereignty. Pavlopoulos said that this necessary characteristic precludes any third country guarantees and the presence of military troops on Cypriot soil.

Following the memorial service, Pavlopoulos and Anastasiades unveiled a bust of Matsis.

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