The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, had this morning a meeting with the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, on the sidelines of the Summit Conference of the European countries of the Mediterranean (Med Group) in Lisbon.
At the meeting, President Anastasiades briefed the Greek Prime Minister on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and they exchanged views with regard to the present state of affairs in the talks, with particular emphasis on issues that relate to the Chapter on Security and Guarantees, as well as on the unacceptable Turkish demand for granting, in the framework of a solution to the Cyprus problem, the four basic freedoms of the EU, to citizens of Turkey in the reunified Cyprus.
President Anastasiades and Prime Minister Tsipras also discussed issues that concern the agenda of the Summit Conference of the leaders of the seven southern states of the EU, as well broader European issues.
Later on, in the context of his intervention during the proceedings of the Summit Conference in Lisbon, President Anastasiades referred to, among other matters, the present situation on the Cyprus problem and to the developments as they are shaping up following also the Conference on Cyprus in Geneva.
In expressing his satisfaction, the President of Cyprus made reference, in particular, to the presence of the EU at the Geneva Conference and the stated position, both of the EU and the member states, about the fact that the most effective guarantee for the security of a member state of the EU is its very status as a member state.
Anastasiades also referred to specific issues on the negotiating table that are directly related to the status of the Republic of Cyprus as a member state of the EU, and which affect directly not only the Republic of Cyprus but also the EU itself as well as all the member states.
More specifically, the President referred extensively to the demand of the government of Turkey, which is contrary to the EU Treaties, for the citizens of Turkey to enjoy, in the framework of a solution to the Cyprus problem, the four basic freedoms of the EU, in the reunified Cyprus.
The President of the Republic also talked about issues that relate to the decision making process, the need for the reunified Cyprus to continue being an active and effective member state, as well as the need to strengthen the role of the Republic of Cyprus as a pillar of stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean after the solution of the Cyprus problem.
In his reference to the issues on the agenda of the Summit Conference, President Anastasiades noted, among other subjects, that it is imperative for answers to be provided to the real concerns of the citizens of the EU on issues such as unemployment, the social development and social protection, the restoration of the sense of security and the safeguarding of prospects and the future for the younger generations through education and the creation of new positions of employment./IBNA