YEREVAN (Armenpress/CNA)–The president of the House of Representatives of Cyprus–Demetris Christofias–announced during a press conference in Armenia that Turkey should fulfill specific criteria set forth by the European Union before negotiations begin on its entry into the European body. Examples of such criteria–stressed Christofias–are Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian genocide–as well as its recognition of all EU member states–including Cyprus–and its extension of EU customs union to Cyprus.
At a joint press conference–Armenia’s National Assembly President Arthur Baghdasarian and his Cypriot counterpart Christofias reinforced their similar views on issues of common concern–along with a full understanding of the other’s positions.
Baghdasaryan said relations between Cyprus and Armenia must intensify–and iterated Armenia’s support to Cyprus in its effort to settle its political problem with Turkey.
Noting the similarity in the history of the two peoples–Christofias said–"We are victimized peoples who–through their struggle to survive–have developed a high sense of solidarity and love for the individual and of justice.”
The Cypriot parliamentary delegation–which began its a three-day visit to Armenia on Tuesday–also met with President Robert Kocharian.
Among the issues discussed were their willingness to boost relations–and concerns about Turkey’s drive to become an EU member before honoring its assumed obligations.