Greek President Karolos Papoulias began a visit to Cyprus Sunday, saying the start of Turkey's EU membership talks meant Athens and Nicosia must continue working closely together to resolve a dispute with Ankara over the island's division.
Papoulias arrived in Cyprus on Sunday morning for a four-day official visit, his first since taking office in February.
Papoulias said he was proud to be in Cyprus and expressed hope that the next time he was on the island he would "be able to visit the beautiful north because the island would be unified".
Cyprus has been separated into a Greek-Cypriot controlled south and Turkish-occupied north since 1974, when Turkey invaded following an Athens-backed coup by supporters of union with Greece.
In his welcoming speech, Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos thanked Greece for supporting efforts to reunify the island, AP reports.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea