Newly elected Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras received here in Nicosia Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot Non Governmental Organisations, conveying them the message that Greece counts on their efforts to reunify Cyprus.
Tsipras, who is the first Greek Prime Minister to meet jointly with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot organisations, said that “we count on your efforts in order to reunite the people of Cyprus and this is our will and we will try to do our best”. After the meeting, Tsipras took a family photo with the members of the NGOs.
For the record Tsipras met with bi-communal Movement for Federal Cyprus, Famagusta Initiative, Gender Advisory Board and the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR),
Earlier on, Tsipras received the Organisation of Relatives of the Missing Persons of Cyprus who informed him about recent developments as regards the number of people who are still missing since the 1974 and in the early 1960s.. He also met with former Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias with whom he discussed economy and Cyprus issue. In statements after the meeting, Christofias said that he held a cordial meeting with the Prime Minister and that he was briefed on the policies of the Greek government while he informed Tsipras about the state of affairs of the Cyprus issue. We agreed, he said, to remain in contact, since the effort to get rid of the Troika is a joint effort.
He pointed out that the economic policy imposed on European peoples is unfair and said that the fate of the EU and its peoples cannot be one of austerity and poverty. Growth will come eventually but for this to happen we need to fight, he added. It`s high time that the people of Europe take their fate into their own hands, he said. Referring to the Cyprus issue, Christofias expressed certainty that the new government in Greece will support the struggle of the Cypriot people against the expansionist policies of Turkey, for a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal state with political equality as defined by the relevant UN resolutions.