Greece hopes for viable solution to the Cyprus Problem, based on Bizonal Bicommunal Federation and within the framework set by the UN Secretary-General, the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said.
Tsipras had a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan who visits Athens. Cyprus problem was one of the issues on the agenda of their talks.
During a joint press conference the Greek Premier expressed the wish the discussions on the Cyprus issue to reconvene soon . As he noted, 43 years now no successful solution has been found to the Cyprus problem. ”This situation exists because 43 years ago Turkey illegally invaded and occupied Cyprus”, he noted.
President Erdogan referred to the need for a “just and viable solution in Cyprus”, noting that Greece and Turkey are guarantor countries and motherlands for Cyprus, and as such they both wish for a solution.
Turkish President said that the 2004 Annan Plan was an opportunity for a solution, but this plan was rejected by Greek Cypriots. He also argued that the Greek Cypriot leadership was the one who left from the recent negotiations in Crans Montana.
Turkish President expressed the view that throughout history there are certain issues which are used as excuses for not reaching a solution. He also noted that Turkey supports the prospect of a viable solution, adding that the Annan Plan, if was accepted in the past, would have solved the issues of military presence on the island.
The Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-backed negotiations, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively in July 2017.
In 2004, the then UN SG Kofi Annan presented a plan for a Cyprus solution. The Annan plan, as it is known, was put before a referendum and it was rejected by the Greek Cypriots.