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Greece and Cyprus show united front on talks with Turkey




Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Cyprus’ President Nikos Christodoulides, both European Union (EU) members, have shown a united front on welcoming Turkey-EU talks.

The leaders made their statements during a press conference after their meeting on Monday at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus.

According to Ekathimerini, both Mitsotakis and Christodoulides said they would re-engage with Turkey, but it would be “gradual” and “reversible” if required.

“Those two words should guide us. We can be optimistic, but we are not naive,” Mitsotakis said.

Division between Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations are an ongoing friction in Cyprus.

For the past two decades, Turkey has been a candidate for EU membership. However, Turkey has continued to advocate for a two-state Cyprus solution, which has been condemned by the EU, Greece and other countries.

“Any partitionist thoughts of two states is completely off any agenda of discussion, and I want to be very clear on that,” Mitsotakis said.

President Christodoulides said re-engaging talks with Turkey also includes “positive moves” over the Cyprus problem.

Source: Ekathimerini

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