08 February 2014 10:22

ATHENS – Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday said that his government stands by Nicosia’ efforts to kick-start the Cyprus peace process.
He was talking after talks with President Anastasiades who flew to Athens to brief the Greek leadership over the “serious prospects” of a leaked joint communique which satisfy the basic principles of the Cyprus issue that can lead to reunification talks.
Samaras said: “The Cyprus problem is a top priority for the foreign policy of Greece and so is continued consultation and co-ordination with the Cyprus Republic”.
Anastasiades who is due back to Cyprus later on Friday repeated that the communiqué – which has prompted the anger of major coalition partner Diko – is only a basis for a dialogue, not the overall settlement of the Cyprus issue.
He also said he will address the people to clarify the thinking and legal interpretation of the communiqué once the Turkish side also accepts it.


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