The Speaker of Greek Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou laid wreaths upon two Cypriot graves on Sunday, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, signaling her message of reconciliation on the first day of her visit to the island.
Konstantopoulou paid her respects to Kostas Misiaoulis and Derviş Ali Kavazoğlu, who were “two martyrs in the same struggle for peaceful coexistence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and were killed by nationalists 50 years ago” according to a press release.
Konstantopoulou spoke during the two wreath ceremonies, showing “support for the Cypriot struggle for freedom, reunification, and defence of democracy, human rights, and international law, with democratic patriotism against nationalism and old or new kinds of colonialism.”
The Speaker expressed on behalf of the Greek Parliament their support for “bicommunal, bizonal, federal solution with political equality and parity, and a state with one nationality (citizenship) and one international personality.”
Konstantopoulou also met with bicommunal groups at the Home of Cooperation in the buffer zone, in Nicosia. She discussed their efforts in contributing to the solution of the Cyprus problem and invited them to visit Athens.
The Speaker will meet on Monday with House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, and political leaders.