The excellent relations between the three countries were praised today by the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, who participated in the Tripartite Summit Conference in Jerusalem.
The Tripartite Conference was preceded by bilateral meetings between President Anastasiades and the Prime Minister of Israel, and between the Prime Minister of Greece and the Prime Minister of Israel.
A Memorandum of Cooperation in the fields of research and technology was also signed.
Afterwards, the three leaders made remarks to the media.
In his statement, President Anastasiades made reference to, among other things, the proposal by the Prime Minister of Israel for the formation of multinational regional force to deal with natural disasters, but not only that, adding that the environmental issues are, at the same time, sectors of particular importance on which they were able to determine specific actions.
He added that during his meeting with Mr Netanyahu he briefed him on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and expressed his satisfaction “for the support the state of Israel offers in our efforts to achieve a comprehensive and viable solution to the Cyprus problem, based on the relevant resolutions of the United Nations as well as on the principles and values of the European Union.
We seek a solution that will reunite our country; that will restore and will respect fully the human rights and the basic freedoms of all the legitimate citizens of Cyprus, but not only that; that will terminate the military occupation on the island; but will also abolish every guarantee and rights of intervention.”
On his part, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed, among other things, his thanks to the Greek and Cypriot governments for their contribution in the efforts to extinguish the fires that broke out recently in Israel.
Mr Netanyahu said that the next Tripartite Conference will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, noting that that the fields of cooperation among the three countries extend to many sectors such as energy, economy, tourism and others.
On his part, the Prime Minister of Greece said, among other things, that in this turbulent area “the achievement of a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the UN decisions becomes more imperative than ever; and I would like once again, on this occasion, to express publicly my support for the efforts of President Anastasiades for the achievement of a just and viable solution.”/IBNA