NICOSIA - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas voiced support to the Greek theses on Cyprus issue during his visit Greek Cyprus, local media reported. A day after Abbas’ remarks, Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan said on Friday he wanted to believe Palestinian leaders’ comments stemmed from a misunderstanding.
"We desire that an atmosphere based on a productive dialogue begins once again so as to bring to an end to the grave sufferings of the Palestinian people and settle the Middle East problem via peaceful means and we believe that this dialogue will start soon," said Greek Cypriot leader.
Christofias noted that Greek Cyprus defended the struggle of his Palestinian "brothers" within the European Union in a constructive manner all the time, adding that it will continue its support to the Palestinians. He also said that Greek Cyprus has decided to open a foreign representative office in Ramallah, a city located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Jerusalem.