PM continues party briefings on Cyprus issue, meeting KKE leader Koutsoumbas

Briefing Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas about the upcoming meeting on the Cyprus issue in Geneva, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday emphasised that "we have ensured that we will not be led to a closure of the process in Geneva."

He was replying to Koutsoumbas, who had expressed fears during their discussion before the cameras that the process was heading toward a solution that would divide the island republic. Tsipras ruled out such a prospect, saying this had to be avoided, and noted that "this was not on the horizon" given that the process would not be concluded in Geneva.

Tsipras, in reply to Koutsoumbas' concerns that a "storm was brewing" in connection with Cyprus, also pointed out that the Cyprus issue was a problem going back 42 years. "This is perhaps an opportunity but that does not depend on us, it depends mainly upon the other side," he said.

Koutsoumbas said he would listen to what Tsipras had to say but that, the problem was "that the negotiations are essentially undermined."

"What we know, from the Cypriot leadership, with the parties we talked to and the picture we came away with, leads us to conclude that we are heading toward a solution of division," he said, adding that this was not a solution. Koutsoumbas and Tsipras then continued their discussion in private, without cameras present.


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