Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ remarks at the start of his meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Mr President, dear Nicos, welcome to Athens once again. We are here to coordinate our actions with respect to the upcoming informal five-party talks, which will be held at the end of the month in Geneva.

The fact that these talks will be led by the United Nations outlines the framework of the discussions that will take place in Geneva. The framework is absolutely clear, it is based on the prior UN Security Council resolutions. A solution can only be achieved on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, with a single sovereignty, a single citizenship, a single international representation. And of course with the withdrawal of occupation troops and the abrogation of the outdated system of guarantees.

It is significant that we should be able to determine the starting point of these talks. This is why today, as we did in Cyprus, we will have the chance to coordinate our actions in view of these demanding talks, which we always attend in good faith, in order to find a solution that will be fair, functional and viable, to the benefit of all Cypriots, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

These are the issues that we will have the opportunity to discuss today, as we do on a regular basis after all. So, let me welcome you to Athens once again and I am looking forward to our talks.