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Turkish FM proposes meeting with Anastasiades

12 December 2014

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) has suggested that he and his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos (L) visit President Nicos Anastasiades when he returns to Cyprus in order to try and defuse the tensions created by Turkey’s marine activities in South Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ‘Cyprus Mail’ reports.

Venizelos thought it was a “good idea”, Cyprus News Agency reported. Both foreign ministers met on Friday in Thessaloniki on the side-lines of a meeting of foreign ministers of countries belonging to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, BSEC.

CNA said Venizelos and Cavusoglu had discussed the issue of the Turkish seismic vessel ‘Barbaros’ making explorations within South Cyprus’ EEZ. The Greek minister told his Turkish counterpart was “a violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic.”

They also reportedly discussed what was necessary to resume the Cyprus negotiations. President Anastasiades walked away from the talks in October when Turkey issued its notice to mariners that it would deploy its own vessels in the area.

It is not known how the Turkish FM could attend a meeting in Cyprus since Ankara does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus, in which case the meeting would need to be held in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

Government spokesmen Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC that Nicosia would wait to be fully briefed by the Greek foreign minister on his meeting with Cavusoglu and under what circumstances a meeting with Anastasiades might take place.

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