President of Hellenic Parliament expresses support for justice in Cyprus

President of Hellenic Parliament expresses support for justice in Cyprus

President of the Hellenic Parliament Zoe Konstantopoulou has said that any efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem must be based on international law and expressed Greece`s support to Cyprus for justice.

Konstantopoulou was speaking in Athens after a meeting she held on Monday with General Secretary of left – wing opposition AKEL party, Andros Kyprianou, who concludes today his visit to Greece. Kyprianou will meet today with Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias and Greek Minister of Finance Yianis Varoufakis.

The President of the Hellenic Parliament said that she was briefed by the Cypriot politician about the state of affairs as regards the Cyprus issue and expressed Greece`s unwavering support to the struggle of the Cypriot people for reunification.

It is imperative, she said, that a solution of the Cyprus problem is found in the framework of the Cyprus talks based on the respect of international law, adding that any actions which jeopartize the dialogue must be avoided.

She also said that next week she will be in Cyprus for her first official visit abroad.

On his part, Kyprianou expressed his concern over the lack of developments as regards the Cyprus issue and thanked the Greek government and people for their long-lasting support to Cyprus for justice and reunification.

The Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, is divided since the summer of 1974 by Turkish troops which still occupy 37% of the island`s territory.

In October 2014 President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades suspended his participation in the Cyprus talks following a Navigational Telex or NAVTEX, issued by Turkey in October last year, as Turkish seismic research vessel “Barbaros” violated the Republic’s exclusive economic zone.

Repeated calls for the withdrawal of “Barbaros” went unheeded by Ankara, which announced in January the NAVTEX`s extension until April 6, 2015.

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