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Former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis (R) talks with daily Hürriyet reporter Cansu Çamlıbel. Hürriyet photo, Levent KULU

Former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis (R) talks with daily Hürriyet reporter Cansu Çamlıbel. Hürriyet photo, Levent KULU

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could find a solution to the Cyprus problem with less effort than he is consuming to solve the Kurdish issue, according to former Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis.

“The Turkish government and Prime Minister Erdoğan are really trying to solve the Kurdish issue. He could find a solution to the Cyprus problem with less effort,” Mitsotakis told daily Hürriyet in a recent interview.

“Erdoğan is a strong politician who is able to take different decisions. That is why we can hope that he will support a solution to the Cyprus issue,” he said.

“Turkey could persuade the Turkish Cypriot community on talks. New [Greek Cypriot] President Nicos Anastasiades is a rational politician. Of course, he faces economic problems, and he has many things to do,” he said.

“He cannot deal with the problem immediately. But I fully believe that he will be a really serious and constructive negotiator,” said the former prime minister, 95, who held the post between 1990 and 1993.

Mitsotakis said Greece could not ignore Cyprus under any circumstances. “It is a part of Hellenism; it is a part of our soul. This is why we really want a viable and functional solution. This problem has poisoned our bilateral relations for decades.”

Division will be a ‘tragedy’

Konstantinos Mitsotakis admitted that the Greeks had made mistakes in the past, just like the Turks. “During the last decade, both sides have made mistakes. I don’t say that only Turkey made mistakes, we did as well. But this belongs to the past, we have to look to the future. Finding a solution to the Cyprus problem will not only be a benefit for the two sides, but also for the region in general. Today, the Cyprus issue is in a post-mature situation. A division will be a tragedy for Cyprus and a permanent cause of problems for both our countries,” he said.

April/23/2013

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Thessalonian

4/24/2013 6:52:05 PM

And what is wrong with the word "Hellenism?" Why is it more appalling to Turks than the word "Turkishness" is to Greeks? By the way, Greece does not have the equivalent of Turkey's law 301... Regards

Peter Panayiotou

4/24/2013 3:13:19 PM

Unfortunately the posters on this site have little experience of realpolitik. The division of Cyprus will result in a permanent problem for Turkey and for the people who live in North Cyprus. Turkey is fully aware that Cyprus is not difficult to retake militarily. One only needs air superiority to do that. So Mr Green beware and stop propounding the myth of Turkish military prowess. We know that Turkey only got into Cyprus because there was a deal done with the Greek junta in 1974.

DutchTurk JANICAR

4/23/2013 9:06:25 PM

Division will be a tragedy???? Mr. Mitsotakis tragedy happened in the period between 1960 - 1974, when the Turkish Cypriots were terrorized by the Greeks. Ever since, 1974 after the division the tragedy has ended and our people stopped worrying about their safety and stopped living in enclaves to protect themselves. If you refer to it tragedy, you probably refer to the tragedy that Enosis failed..... Erdogan or any other Turkish leader will only accept a 2 state solution with current borders.

cemal ahmet

4/23/2013 1:31:48 PM

Keep your chin up,you old man.Cmon folks,its not a rocket science.HELLENISM ?He simply meant "NATIONS & NATIONALISM"-another jigsaw in the puzzle."it is a part of our soul."?-another tick in the box....simply crap-totally ridiculous.This is an illuminating bit of info. to see the GREEKS real faces....anyone gets disillusioned? utterly crap - Now,lets get this ball rolling and strap yourself for the bumpy-choppy ride.No jam today-no jam everyday,but there is always "TOMORROW"

Murat

4/23/2013 1:04:31 PM

Yes Vargen, they will be put on the same ship with all the Greek settlers who have been colonizing the island for a century and the ship will make two stops.

LEVENT HUSEYIN

4/23/2013 11:37:17 AM

Empty words from Greek politicians who never practice these words when they are in power! Well old man TWO STATE CYPRUS AND NOTHING LESS.

Vargen Vargen

4/23/2013 11:35:24 AM

What will happen with the settler brought to Cyprus from Anatolia? Will they be sent back?

Nageyec Conduz

4/23/2013 10:32:24 AM

I agree with the Minster that the Cyprus issue will not go way unless is solved. I also agree with him that Erdogan is a risk taking politician who can probably work on the issue. But he cannot deal it all by himself. Any lasting settlement will depend on both Greek and Turkish governments. However, if the Minster is saying "Cyprus is part of our Helenism and Greece cannot ignore it" how does he want it to be solved by Erdogan? Does he means that Turkey should forsake NC altogether.

Faruk Beisser

4/23/2013 9:17:41 AM

So what does the Great Leader care?

Zak E

4/23/2013 7:28:53 AM

I can solve the cyprus problem, TWO STATES. END OF PROBLEM.... Like I've said many times you don't like us we don't like you, the world has had enough of Greek lies,
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