Main oppsition New Democracy (ND) vice-president Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Thursday that his party "either as main opposition party or government, always stands by the side of Cyprus and our brothers on the island republic in this continuous effort to reach the desired result which is a viable, stable but also a just solution".
Avramopoulos was speaking after a meeting with visiting new Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis. "We are aware that new facts have been created, but we are not discouraged. The national front is unified and stable," the ND official also noted.
Kozakou-Marcoullis said on her part that talks focused on the Cyprus issue but also on the "great challenge of the Cyprus' European Union presidency" in the second half of 2012. She said that Cyprus was looking forward to Greece's help for Cyprus' EU presidency, noting that "for us foreign policy is above parties and all forces in Cyprus and Greece should unite in order to tackle these great challenges."