Greek gvt: ‘Cyprus issue is one of invasion and occupation’

Greek Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that the Cyprus issue ‘is one of invasion and occupation,’ and that there cannot be a solution without the withdrawal of Turkish occupation troops and the abolition of ‘anachronistic guarantees,’ on Tuesday evening, briefing reporters on Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ return from a two-day working visit to Cyprus.

Petsas underlined the need for a sustainable solution by implementing the Acquis Communautaire throughout the Cypriot territory.

The concept of the Acquis Commaunautaire includes the primacy of EU law and other principles developed by the Court of Justice, and member states are bound to accept future majority decisions and future verdicts from the EU Court.

He condemned Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ EEZ by noting the common European response against it and emphasized the significance Greece attaches to regional tripartite forms of collaboration.
Petsas underlined that Mitsotakis’ first visit to Cyprus had both symbolic and substantial reasoning, it related to Turkey’s current provocations, and stands in view ‘of the start of a dialogue,’ he concluded.