Anastasiades-Tsipras to discuss Erdogan’s visit to Greece, in Brussels

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will be briefed in detail by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Athens, on the sidelines of the European Council, to be held next week in Brussels.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said on Friday that a clear picture of Erdogan’s visit would be formed when the visit is concluded, noting that then there will be telephone communications of President Anastasiades with Tsipras and President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Next week, he added, President Anastasiades will be meeting with Tsipras in Brussels, on the sidelines of the European Council, for a more detailed briefing.

Christodoulides said that public statements contained elements that were worth commenting on, such as Erdogan’s effort to equate the responsibilities of Turkey with those of Greece.

It is in this context that the Greek Prime Minister replied with a reference to the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, he pointed out.

Christodoulides said another point which we often see in negotiations, we saw it in Crans Montana during the negotiations, we saw it after the failure at Crans Montana, is Turkey’s effort to put the blame elsewhere, to bring up the Annan Plan of 2004, and the positive vote of the Turkish Cypriots.

The third point, he said, was Erdogan’s reference to Turkey’s wish for a viable solution of the Cyprus issue.

We have not heard what we heard after Crans Montana regarding a plan B and plan C. Beyond that, the gravity that we must all possess in our approach to the Cyprus issue leads us to wait until we are briefed extensively and then make more specific statements, he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Efforts to solve the Cyprus problem, with the latest being talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, have not led to a solution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency