14 November, 2007
Hellenic Parliament Speaker Dimitris Sioufas arrived in Cyprus on Tuesday for a two-day official visit, the first he is carrying out after his election as Parliament Speaker.
"I could not as president of the Parliament of the Greeks carry out any other visit outside Greece if I did not first come to Cyprus," Sioufas said on his arrival.
In statements at the airport, he said that he was conveying the support of all political forces in Greece for Cyprus' struggle to achieve a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem based on the decisions of the United Nations and on the values and principles of the European Union.
He also underlined that it was Greece's steadfast goal to bring down the only dividing wall that remained on European territory and re-unite the Cyprus Republic.
Sioufas was met on his arrival by Cyprus House of Representatives Speaker Demetris Christofias, who congratulated him on his election as Greece's Parliament President and conveyed the best wishes of the Cypriot people for success in his work.
Greece’s Parliament Speaker will later have a meeting with Christofias, followed by an official dinner. Sioufas will also be received by Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, the leaders of Cypriot political parties, Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos and Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulli.
Source: Athens News Agency