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The Cyprus problem is a big challenge, says Greek ambassador

Posted by Vlad Stoletniy on 25/03/2019
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The Greek Ambassador to Nicosia, Ilias Fotopoulos, in a message on the occasion of the anniversary of the Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire, which began on March 25, 1821, stated that the Cyprus problem remains the biggest problem in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

“Unfortunately, the Cyprus problem remains the biggest problem in the Eastern Mediterranean region,” said Fotopoulos and stressed that the Cyprus issue remains unresolved due to Turkey’s unwillingness to engage in a frank and constructive dialogue aimed at a sustainable and functional solution.

Fotopoulos noted that “the prolonged stagnation of the Cyprus issue created a false impression on Turkey and part of the international community that the status quo created some realities on the ground, such as the presence of the occupying army, which we should cynically recognize as“ inevitable ”. According to these incorrect arguments of some third parties, these realities should also determine the form of a future solution, but in this case it would be a solution only by name, ”the Greek ambassador noted,“ since the Cyprus issue is primarily a problem of invasion and occupation. ”

He stressed that the future solution should rid Cyprus of these realities and be aimed at restoring the international and European rule of law based on the decisions of the United Nations, European standards and conditions of security, peace and prosperity.

For Greece, said Photopoulos, the key parameter for the resumption of the Cyprus negotiations under the UN auspices is the proper preparation of the security section based on the framework of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and his proposal for creating a mechanism entrusted with monitoring the implementation of the decision.

“Thanks to the continuous, unshakable and strong rallying and reconciliation of Greece with the Republic of Cyprus, Hellenism is not in danger,” said Fotopoulos in his message.

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