"We should not give up search for a potential solution even amid negative relations between the European Union and Turkey… It is fitting that we have not chosen a policy of 'passive position' or 'a priori denial,' or a solution by 'any means,'" Voutsis said, adding that Athens' position in the issue was "active."
He added that it was necessary to find a mutual understanding on the Cyprus' guarantees system, which remains among the most complex issues within the ongoing negotiations.
In 1974, Turkey used the treaty to justify its invasion of Cyprus, following the intention of the Greek government to unite with the island state. A decade later, in 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proclaimed independence, currently recognized only by Turkey.
At present, the United Nations with the leaders of the two parts of the island, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci are brokering peace talks for reunification of the two parts of Cyprus.