10 February, 2006
The Greek and Cyprus governments have plainly stated the framework of the clear-cut direction and line on the Cyprus issue, foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said on Thursday.
He was commenting on the statements made by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Wednesday.
Koumoutsakos said that Greece was in favor of a just, viable and effective solution for reuniting the island and in favor of economic support for the Turkish-Cypriot community.
He added that responsibility for the present situation and the problems of this Community could not be sought among the victims of the invasion and occupation of Cyprus by Turkish forces.
Koumoutsakos refused to comment on the fact that the wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has undertaken the defense of those that had taken over Greek properties in the occupied territories of Cyprus.
Asked if Straw's statements were helpful for a solution of the Cyprus issue, the spokesman noted that his statement's reflected the beliefs of British policy and it remained to be seen if they were helpful or not.
Source: Athens News Agency