Cyprus and Greece reconfirm policy on Cyprus problem
Athens, Aug 18 -- President Papadopoulos and Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis reconfirmed their strategy and policy on the Cyprus problem and decided the course they will follow regarding Turkey’s EU accession prospects, noting that these will be revealed at EU organs.
Mr. Karamanlis also said that as part of the firm communication and cooperation between the two countries, “we extensively examined the new developments and prospects on the issues that concern us. We remain firm because we believe that our national interests are being served and respond to our peoples’ wishes for peace and stability in our region. We also take into consideration the recent developments”.
He added: “We also had an in-depth discussion and agreed on the next steps and actions. These positions and actions will become evident at the right time, at the relevant EU organs, i.e. the forthcoming COREPER meeting and the informal EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Newport”.
President Papadopoulos said: "Rightly, the Premier said we discussed the developments as regards the Cyprus problem, within the EU framework and under the light of the recent events which are known to everyone”.
He was referring to the declaration issued by Turkey simultaneously with its signing of the Ankara Agreement last month, where it said the signing does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.
"We have set out both our strategy and policy. Our position remains unchanged that we will try through the EU, to achieve the best possible results, to promote the Cyprus problem and to handle the problems that arise", he added.