In a message to President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary since the independence of the Republic of Cyprus, on 1 October 1960, Pavlopoulos said that the hopes and aspirations of the Cypriot people are “shared national goals” especially vis-à-vis today’s challenges, both countries are facing at the European level and in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Close cooperation between Athens and Nicosia and the common effort for a just and viable Cyprus solution, based on UN resolutions and Cyprus’ membership to the EU, continue to comprise the cornerstone of Greece’s policy, the Greek President notes.
He underlined that the Cyprus issue remains unresolved for over 40 years now, reminding the international community to step up its efforts for a just solution.
Pavlopoulos stated finally that the resumption of bicommunal talks creates a new prospect towards the right direction, provided that Turkey is also decisive in contributing to a positive result.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks, aiming to reunite the island under a federal roof, resumed on May 15, this year.
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