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No one can or will accept a two-state solution in divided Cyprus, Mitsotakis tells Biden

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has told US President Joe Biden that no one can or will accept a two-state solution in Cyprus which is divided since a 1974 Turkish invasion.

“A quick word about our region, Mr. President.  You are extremely knowledgeable about the Cyprus issue,” Mitsotakis – on an official visit to the US – told Biden who was hosting a reception in his honour on Monday evening.

“And please, use all your influence to put the negotiation process back on track in accordance with the U.N. Security Council resolutions.  No one — no one can or will accept a two-state solution in Cyprus,” he added.

Mitsotakis also said Athens places great emphasis on the 3+1 scheme — a framework that connects the U.S. with Greece, with Cyprus, and with Israel.

And at the same time, he added, Greece will continue to invest in its armed forces and make it very clear that it will not accept any violations of the country’s sovereignty and sovereign rights.

“And after all, we’re doing so in order not just to strengthen Greece, but also in order to strengthen NATO’s southeastern flank.

“We will continue our longstanding cooperation between our defense industries.  We will launch the process for the acquisition of a squadron of F-35 aircraft, and we do hope to be able to add this fantastic plane to the Greek Air Force before the end of this decade,” he also said.

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