Cyprus President continues meetings in Athens
by Christa Nicolaou
Athens, Aug 18 (CNA) – Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias met today in Athens, in the shadow of Sunday’s air crash near Athens that killed all 121 people on board, mostly Cypriots.
Receiving the Cypriot President, Papoulias expressed his condolences and said “now you will also have to deal with new problems ahead”.
President Papadopoulos thanked the Greek President, adding that this accident was the first such incident in the history of the Republic.
In statements after meeting President Papadopoulos, leader of the opposition PASOK Party George Papandreou said that at this time “we must think of the families and relatives of the victims and attribute responsibility where it is due”.
He called for transparency to give the relatives and everybody else ''a sense of justice”.
As regards Turkey’s accession course, the main issue of President Papadopoulos’s working visit to Athens when it was announced last week, Papandreou said his party had always supported the view that Turkey must recognise the Republic of Cyprus.
Papandreou stressed the need to create a new road map for Turkey with specific conditions, clear guarantees and deadlines that will commit Ankara and will provide the prospect for a solution of the Cyprus problem as well as help improve Greco-turkish relations.
Asked about the possibility of vetoing Turkey’s start of accession negotiations on October 3, he said “we have discussed all scenarios. I believe that we must keep all options open, and depending on the negotiating framework, we shall see what needs to be done”.
Speaking after his meeting with President Papadopoulos, Greek Communist Party’s Parliamentary Spokesman Orestis Kolozov pledged his party will do its utmost for the thorough investigation into the causes into the air crash.
He too expressed his party’s condolences for the tragic accident in the Grammatikos area.
Kolozov said that the two exchanged some thoughts and views on developments on Cyprus.
“We reiterated our solidarity with the people of Cyprus and our determination to help as much as possible, towards a fair and viable solution to the Cyprus problem”, he concluded.