Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anastasios Mitsialis with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.
Cyprus` Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Alexandros Zenon and Greece`s Foreign Ministry Secretary General Anastasios Mitsialis held on Monday bilateral political consultations at the Foreign Ministry in capital Nicosia.
According to an official announcement, Mitsialis, who is on a working visit to Cyprus upon the invitation of his Cypriot counterpart, discussed with Zenon issues of bilateral cooperation in international organizations and cooperation in the framework of the negotiations` process for the unification of the island, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.UN led talks have been under way since February with a view to reuniting the island under a federal roof. As part of the new effort, the Greek Cypriot negotiator has travelled to Ankara to meet with Turkish officials and the Turkish Cypriot negotiator has met with Greek officials in Athens.
During their meeting Zenon and Mitsialis also discussed energy, economy, regional matters and EU institutional affairs, and took stock of the main achievements of the Greek EU Presidency. Mitsialis, while in Cyprus, has been also received by the President of the Republic and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Meeting with Anastasiades
Anastasios Mitsialis met also with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.
Speaking to the press, after the meeting, the Greek official said that ongoing bi-communal talks constitute a fresh opportunity for a solution to be found in the Cyprus problem with both sides making mutual concessions.
Replying to a question he said that the meetings of the Greek Cypriot negotiator Andreas Mavroyiannis in Ankara and of the Turkish Cypriot negotiator Kudret Özersay in Athens are not an end in themselves, nor do they constitute the essence of the problem.
He said a solution will be reached through intensive and meaningful exchanges of view between the two sides. If the meetings of negotiators in both Ankara and Athens have something new to offer to the process, this will be carefully looked into.
He added that having had the honour to be received by the President of the Republic of Cyprus a few days before the 40 year anniversary of the Turkish invasion brings to mind precisely that everybody should work together in order for a just and viable solution to be found.
The bi-communal talks constitute a fresh opportunity in this period so that both sides can reach the much sought after solution, he pointed out. Certainly, Mitsialis said, Athens stands by Cyprus and follows developments.
We believe, he added, that past experience and failures should this time lead everyone to make mutual compromises so that they can find common ground, something which will allow Hellenism as a whole and the Turkish Cypriots to live together in future.