Spanish Premier in Cyprus
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is in Cyprus on a private visit and also met with President Demetris Christofias earlier today.
The premier is staying at the Thalassa Boutique Hotel in Paphos, where he has been enjoying a few days of relaxation since Friday night.
Mr. Christofias said that the Spanish premier supports a solution to the Cyprus problem as soon as possible and wanted to be personally briefed about the situation before taking over the EU presidency for the next six months. Zapatero also supports a one-state solution, he said.
Recently, Zapatero said that one of his priorities as EU president would be to soothe relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-Cypriot community. Spain takes a similar approach to Cyprus with regards its minorities, arguing for example against Kosovo's Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), saying that ethnic minorities do not have the right to self-determination.
Spain's Basque minority has long campaigned for independence.