TURKEY IS making a strategic error in not realising that Cyprus' EU membership and discovery of hydrocarbon reserves are a strong incentive for a quick solution of the Cyprus problem, said Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos during an official visit to the island.
Making his first visit abroad since taking office, Avramopoulos arrived on Sunday, coinciding with Cyprus' assumption of the EU presidency.
The Greek FM met with his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou Marcoullis on Sunday, and with President Demetris Christofias, House President Yiannakis Omirou and the party leaders yesterday.
Speaking after his meeting with Marcoullis, Avramopoulos said a Cyprus solution would benefit all sides. “Unfortunately, Turkey continues to make partition threats and avoids having contacts with the Republic of Cyprus,” he said, noting Ankara's aggressive behaviour within Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“The aggressive attitude towards Cyprus and the formulation of threats against Cyprus must stop immediately,” he said.