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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Greek Prime Minister Aleksis Çipras had a meeting yesterday. While the Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu said: “We are so close to the solution of the Cyprus problem and the Aegean problems”, Greek Prime Minister Aleksis Çipras said: “We agree on a permanent solution.”

Both Prime Ministers made statements regarding the Cyprus issue at the joint press conference. Stating that they discussed the Aegean and Cyprus problems honestly and friendly, Davutoğlu said: “We are so close to the solution of the Aegean problems and the Cyprus problem. The Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean can be the centre of attraction by showing strong will together in order to overcome the lasting problems”. Davutoğlu also added that they want the Eastern Mediterranean not being mentioned as the region with crisis, in contrary to be mentioned as the region of welfare and peace with the cooperation of Turkey and Greece, joint working culture and the common future perspective.

On the other hand Greek Prime Minister Aleksis Çipras stated that they agree that the problem should be solved in a fair and permanent way on the basis of the UN resolutions within the framework of the EU. He also added that the settlement to be reached should offer to Turks, Greeks and other minorities living on the island the opportunity to live under civilized conditions.

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