Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed the strong commitment of Greece to the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, according to the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, in his speech at the EU Mediterranean Summit. , stressing that no two-state solution can be discussed.
“I would like to reiterate our strong commitment to a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, on the basis of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, always in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions that are absolutely binding on all sides and absolutely “in line with the European acquis,” said the Greek Prime Minister.
As he stressed, “a discussion for a two-state solution can in no case be made not only by Cyprus or Greece as a guarantor power, but also by every EU member, because it violates the European acquis.”
“One could not start a constructive debate on the issue if Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots start from this position,” he added.
Referring to his forthcoming meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO Summit on Monday, Mitsotakis stressed that Greece remains open to a positive agenda “in a gradual, proportionate and inverted way. contained in the text of the March Council Conclusions “. “And this, of course, provided that the current de-escalation is maintained and that Turkey participates constructively in the dialogue and respects the conditions set by the EU, always in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) “, he added.
Mr. Mitsotakis also referred to the other issues on the agenda of the Summit, which include the management of the pandemic and the restart of the economy, the Fund for Recovery and Resilience (Next Generation EU), the green and digital transition, the European pillar of Social Rights, migration, and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the issue of Libya.
For his part, the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Barvitsiotis, in his speech at the beginning of the work of the Summit, referred to the importance of strengthening stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean, through constant de-escalation and respect for the international community.
“This must be the cornerstone of our relations with Turkey. “Our solidarity with Cyprus remains stronger than ever and we are committed to a sustainable and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue, based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions,” he said. Βαρβιτσιώτης.