President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek PM Alexis Tsipras had a constrictive discussion on the core elements of the Cyprus problem in Athens, especially on finding a formula for guarantees.
Anastasiades outlined the challenges facing the Greek Cypriot side in the current intensive phase of talks to reunify the island.
“There was an exchange of opinions on how to better address certain issues,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told state radio Friday.
“The stance of the Greek government was clear on the issue of guarantees and there was a discussion on how Nicosia and Athens could push their common position forward,” he added.
He said the two countries had agreed a specific formula which tackles the “unease” faced by all Cypriots.
Greece along with Turkey and Britain are guarantor powers for Cyprus with intervention rights – the Greek Cypriots want to scrap this provision in the constitution while the Turkish Cypriots are reluctant to do so.
There can be no Cyprus deal without agreement on the security and guarantees.
Anastasiades is in Athens to attend Friday’s the first Mediterranean EU summit focusing on the future of the bloc.