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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-11

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  • [01] PM Samaras meets with Cyprus President

  • [01] PM Samaras meets with Cyprus President

    AMNA--Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras express his conviction that despite the difficulties it is going through, Hellenism will emerge from the crisis stronger and on its own feet, speaking to the press after a meeting in Athens on Monday with newly-elected Cyprus President Nikos Anastassiades, who is on an official visit to Greece.

    Samaras also stressed the need for a "common European policy on the exploitation of Greece's and Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and the advancement of this specific issues to their EU partners, given that the two countries' energy reserves are also Europe's energy reserves".

    He said:"We discussed Cyprus' EEZ. In the past month major agreements were signed with companies, which reflect the opportunities opening up. Naturally, exploitation of the EEZ is an inalienable right of Cyprus".

    On the Cyprus issue, Samaras said that whether the opportunity to promote a solution is exploited following Anastassiades' election will depend on the Turkish Cypriot side. He noted that no one can disregard the fact that Cyprus is a member country of the United Nations and that UN resolutions exist.amna

    Samaras said that Hellenism is being sorely tried but «will emerge stronger, with an enhanced political and geostrategic role", and predicted that Cyprus' efforts for funding from the European Union will prove fruitful.

    Samaras and Anastassiades exchanged views on the economic crisis and this week's upcoming European Council, and noted his desire for coordination of the two governments' actions in the context of the shared views that characterise them.

    He further noted that Greece and Cyprus have a "brotherly relationship", adding that no one can overlook the fact that Cyprus is Greece's fourth largest financial partner and that following the crisis in Greece the Cypriot market offered opportunities to many Greeks.amna

    Anastassiades, in turn, thanked Samaras and added that they had a productive and fruitful discussion, which indicates the determination of the two sides for even closer cooperation.

    He further conveyed the Cypriot people's gratitude for Greece's timeless support for the salvation of the Cyprus Republic. Through the dialogue, the bonds will continue and will grow stronger, he said, adding Cyprus' determination to take measures that will give strength to the country and enhance the understanding between the two countries.amna

    "Hellenism is going through a crisis, but we've gone through worse and emerged standing tall. The 1974 destruction was converted into a financial miracle. The prospect is ahead of us. The crisis will comprise an opportunity to overcome any negative conditions," the Cyprus President concluded.

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