04 September, 2009
In view of the ongoing negotiation process to achieve a "Cypriot" solution, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with her Cypriot counterpart Marcos Kyprianou yesterday (September 3) in Athens.
"We support in a substantial manner the efforts being made by President Christofias to achieve a solution, without mediation or interference from third parties or any manner of "deadlines," within the framework of the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the principles and values of the EU," Bakoyannis stressed, reminding that Athens considers the Cyprus issue a major foreign policy priority.
"The mutually agreed basis for the negotiations is a bicommunal, bizonal federation, with political equality – as expressly stated in the relevant UN resolutions – with a single sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship," said Bakoyannis, stressing also the need for Turkey to allow the Turkish Cypriots to negotiate creatively towards an agreed, viable and functional solution, underling the fact that "a unified Cyprus in the EU is the best investment in future progress and development."
On his part, Kyprianou called Turkey to fulfil its undertaken obligations to the European Union, allowing also the Turkish Cypriots to negotiate freely towards the solution being pursued.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Statements of FM Bakoyannis and FM Kyprianou & The Cyprus Issue
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera