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Yildirim calls on EU support for Cyprus guarantees

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has called on the EU to “provide the necessary guarantees” for a Cyprus settlement following his meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Monday.

On Monday, both men discussed the importance of upping the efforts towards a Cyprus solution and agreed that efforts must be upped towards pushing towards a settlement that will end the decades-long division on the island.

Yildirim confirmed that the Cyprus problem was high on the agenda in the discussion between the two officials.

“A solution must be characterised by absolute justice, with the present and future safety of both communities secured. I believe the EU must provide the necessary guarantees to make the solution viable. We must increase our efforts,” he said.

For his part, Tsipras added: “A just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem is more crucial now, given the destabilisation in the region” said Tsipras, noting the significance of the meeting for the relations of the two countries and the greater region.

The Greek Prime Minister stressed to Yildirim the need for a solution on the basis of UN agreements, which guarantees stability and safety for the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities without guarantees and rights for intervention.

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