Greece will continue to fully support the Republic of Cyprus and the ongoing efforts by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias to terminate the Turkish occupation, in the framework of a just, viable and functional settlement of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, Prime Minister George Papandreou said.
He pointed out that the federal solution must provide for one state with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and one international personality and must see the acquis communitaire implemented throughout the territory of Cyprus to the benefit of all its legal citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
In a statement to mark the 37th anniversary since the Turkish invasion and continuing occupation of Cyprus' northern part, Papandreou expressed faith that international legality will soon be restored in Cyprus.
He recalled that the UN Secretary General urged on July 7 in Geneva President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to intensify their efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement and prepare the public opinion for mutual compromises, and pointed out that, contrary to this call, the Turkish Prime Minister discouraged the Turkish Cypriots through the statements he made on July 19.
"These statements prove once again that the substance of the Cyprus issue is the Turkish invasion, the occupation and the illegal settling. They undermine the political credibility of declarations by the Turkish leadership on their will to move into a new era of 'zero problems' with its neighbours," he noted.
The Turkish PM talked about a solution of two states on an equal par, claimed there is no recognised state of the Republic of Cyprus and said he would not be returning to the Greek Cypriots Morphou or the Karapass areas, in the context of a negotiated settlement.
Greek political parties also denounced the ongoing Turkish occupation of Cyprus since the summer of 1974.
Cyprus President Demetris Christofias is engaged in direct talks with Eroglu, under the UN auspices, with a view to finding a negotiated settlement that will reunite the country under a federal roof.