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PM Tsipras Briefs Parliament President, Party Leaders on Cyprus and Eurogroup
21 06 2017Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday had a meeting with Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, immediately after concluding a round of meetings with Greece's political party leaders to brief them on the June 15 Eurogroup agreements and developments concerning the Cyprus issue.
Greeting Voutsis, the prime minister said there had been a good outcome at the Eurogroup concerning debt relief and noted that the final conclusion of memorandum programmes was now visible. He then briefed Voutsis on his talks with the opposition leaders regarding the Cyprus issue ahead of a second Geneva meeting in order to craft a united national stance.
Voutsis said the June 15 agreement had created an atmosphere of optimism among people that a final end of the crisis was "in the hands of the political system".
"This does not mean that all problems are solved," he noted, however, adding that a discussion on the agreement will take place in Parliament next week "but it is important to look at what comes after."
On the Cyprus issue, he repeated his opinion that no solution would be a wrong solution, noting that Cyprus was an equal member of the EU and was acting on the basis of a just solution that could and must prevail.