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President Pavlopoulos received Cyprus Parliament President Yiannakis Omirou

President Pavlopoulos received Cyprus Parliament President Yiannakis Omirou

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Tuesday received visiting Cyprus House of Representatives President Yiannakis Omirou at the presidential mansion. In statements afterward, Pavlopoulos referred to the effort being made by overwhelming majority of democratic forces in Greece to keep the country in Europe and the Eurozone, but also to efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

"In Greece, at this crucial hour, we are waging a battle and the overwhelming majority of democratic forces are fighting it together. Despite the various differences there may be, there is a common struggle for Greece to remain in Europe and the Eurozone," he said.

He noted that after the bitter experience of the memorandums that both the Greek and Cypriot people had experienced first-hand, Europe and the eurozone had acquired mechanisms that would allow them to be much more effective in responding to future crises.

Referring to the Cyprus issue, Pavlopoulos underlined that Greece remained at Cyprus' side, in spite of the difficulties it is facing, and "is strong enough...to support you in the effort to resolve the Cyprus problem."

The Greek president also called on Europe to assume its responsibilities, noting that the existence of a member-state with an occupation was army was "inconceivable".

Omirou thanked him for Greece's steadfast support over the years to end the Turkish military occupation on Cyprus as well as his satisfaction with the fact that "Greece has clearly stressed that it neither accepts, nor desires, nor is willing to participate in a new framework of guarantees for Cyprus."

He called the guarantor powers of the 1960s a "deep anachronism" and noted that the key to solving the Cyprus problem was still in Turkey's possession, calling on it to abandon the outdated and expansionary attitudes of the last 41 years.

On the economic crisis in Greece, Omirou said it was not so much a Greek as a European issues and "a time of responsibility, chiefly for the so-called institutions and European collective organs."