Quadrilateral meeting with France aims at defusing tension in Eastern Mediterranean, government says

The government’s primary goal is to defuse tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, says Government Spokesman Kyriacos Koushos, adding that this is one of the targets of the quadrilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus, Greece, Egypt and France, to be held in Cairo early next month.

Speaking to CNA, Koushos said that the 3+1 meeting, with the addition of France, is indicative of the interest Paris displays for developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, nothing more and nothing less. He also said that the aim of the quadrilateral meeting is not to enlist French assistance in case of an incident to the contrary, it is about avoiding an incident from taking place.

The Spokesman also referred to developments that will help de-escalate tension, he said however that he was not in a position to provide more details at this stage.

According to Koushos, the four Foreign Ministers decided to meet during the first week of January in Cairo, while the final date has not been set yet.

Asked about the agenda of the meeting, he said that they will discuss stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, Turkey’s expansionist and aggressive policy and the Turkish-Libyan memorandum.

He clarified, however, that the move does not aim at provoking Turkey. It is Turkey that is provoking us and we are taking various steps in order to help Turkey realize that it should abandon at a certain stage its gunboat diplomacy and discuss with us, he added.

The moves we are making are not aiming at isolating Turkey. They merely aim at preventing any results from the signing of the MoU with Libya. At the same time, the primary goal is to deescalate tension, and we understand that this is also the position of Greece Koushos said.

EastMed is a strategic agreement

Speaking about the intergovernmental agreement concerning the EastMed pipeline project, to be signed on January 2, in Athens, in the presence of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Koushos said that this is strategic agreement.

Asked about the project’s viability, the Government Spokesman said that this discussion should be left to experts. We regard this as a strategic agreement for the Eastern Mediterranean and for the countries’ cooperation who have interests in the Eastern Mediterranean he concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency