Voutsis: Greece, Cyprus and Israel have ‘built bridges’ leading to stronger cooperation

Hellenic Parliament President Nikos Voutsis stated on Thursday during the Trilateral Meeting between the Parliaments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel in Nicosia that the three governments have built bridges and laid the foundations for further cooperation.

Voutsis mentioned the Cypriot issue as well as the recent developments in the Middle East, highlighting the need for cooperation in order for peace and stability to prevail in the region.

He stressed that a new web of relations is being created after more and more initiatives are being undertaken between countries, religious leaders or other groups, and as such it is possible to guarantee a better future, “a different fate for our people and for the region”.

Voutsis urged all sides to work for peace, growth and stability in the region, asking everyone to assume their responsibilities.

On the Cypriot issue he stated that “we believe that a sustainable and fair solution for Cyprus based on UN Treaties and the community acquis should mature and it is necessary for the country to fully develop any potential prospects for bringing about such a solution.”

With regards to the Middle East and North Africa he pointed out that the issue is much broader and highlighted Europe’s responsibilities for the state of the region, even though “in many countries the leadership is not aware that they have even the slightest responsibility…and raised their own standard of closed borders in the face of the major problem of refugee and migrant flows.”

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