Tsipras with Anastasiades: Greece, Cyprus Need to Coordinate Their Actions


SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras meets with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Tatiana Bollari)

ATHENS -- SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras emphasized the need to coordinate the actions of Greece and Cyprus during his Tuesday meeting with visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.

Tsipras noted as "positive that Greece is asking, even belatedly, from its EU partners to work out sanctions against Turkey for its aggression, sanctions which we claimed together and achieved last year for Cyprus and the Cypriot EEZ."

He also said that the EU partners must assume their responsibilities on the issue of Hagia Sophia, "which is not bilateral but international," and also noted that the Greek-Turkish dialogue must be held again, as must the dialogue on the Cyprus issue.

Anastasiades underlined that "we are trying to stay coordinated (...) but what concerns us most in the current situation is the latest, biggest challenge, the transformation of Hagia Sophia, a monument of world cultural heritage, into a mosque."

"We are in favor of dialogue," said the Cypriot President, "as Greece and Cyprus always seek dialogue, but we have a neighbor who instead of behaving like a European behaves like an international agitator (...), a precondition for dialogue is that illegal actions must stop," he concluded.