Pavlopoulos, who discussed the Cyprus problem with the President of the Democratic Left Thanasis Theocharopoulos, said that the solution determines the sovereignty of the EU member states, adding that the EU and each of its member states has a saying in promoting the concept of sovereignty which reflects to all members.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.
Anastasiades and Akinci have decided that the UN-sponsored talks will continue in Geneva, Switzerland. Between January 9-11 the two sides will discuss the remaining issues of the Cyprus problem and present maps concerning territorial adjustments, while on January 12 a conference on Cyprus will be convened with the participation of the guarantor powers as well as other relevant parties as needed.