Greece will continue to fully support the Republic of Cyprus and the ongoing efforts by President Demetris Christofias to terminate the Turkish occupation, in the framework of a just, viable and functional settlement of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has said.

He pointed out that the federal solution must provide for one state with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and one international personality and must see the acquis communitaire implemented throughout the territory of Cyprus to the benefit of all its legal citizens, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

In a statement to mark the 37th anniversary since the Turkish invasion and continuing occupation of Cyprus’ northern part, Papandreou expressed faith that legal justice will soon be restored in Cyprus.

He recalled that the UN Secretary General urged on July 7 in Geneva President Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to intensify their efforts to reach a comprehensive agreement and prepare the public opinion for mutual compromises, and pointed out that, contrary to this call, the Turkish Prime Minister discouraged the Turkish Cypriots through the statements he made on July 19.

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