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Greece concerned about Gul’s words on Cyprob

23 July 2014

Greek Cypriot President Anastasiades, will be in Athens on Monday, 28th July, for talks with the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, focusing mainly on the ongoing negotiations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots for a solution to the Cyprus Problem, ‘Famagusta Gazette’ reports.

Sofia Voultepsi, the government spokesman in Athens, told CNA “there seems to be a kind of setback in the negotiation process”, and that “this is reflected in recent statements made by the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community, Dervis Eroglu”.

Mrs Voultepsi added that, “in the context of the unbreakable relations between Greece and Cyprus, this issue relating to the setback of the talks, will be discussed between Samaras and Anastasiades on Monday”.

President Gul, during his visit to the TRNC for the celebrations of the Turkish Peace Keeping Mission in 1974, said that he sees “positive signs” that the ongoing talks will lead to the formation “of a new, partnership country in Cyprus very soon”.

He spoke of a solution “which will guarantee the status quo of the Turkish Cypriots”, and assured that Turkey “always as a guarantor power and a mother land to the Turkish Cypriots, will never allow them to become a minority within a Greek state”.

In the light of these statements, which according to CNA sources have caused concern in Athens and Nicosia, government spokesman Sofia Voultepsi said Samaras and Anastasiades will discuss on Monday what the next steps will be.

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