Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, accompanied by Foreign Ministers Ioannis Kasoulides and Nikos Kotzias will meet at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s hotel on Wednesday, December 14th at 7 pm.
The meeting which was arranged in Jerusalem on the sidelines of the Tripartite Meeting between Cyprus, Greece and Israel on the 8th December, will address the developments in the Cyprus issue and the upcoming meeting in Geneva, January 9 – 12, where discussions between the Greek – Cypriot and the Turkish – Cypriot sides will take place, culminating in the multilateral meeting of the 12the January, which will involve all sides involved in Cyprus; Greece, Turkey and Britain as guarantor countries, the EU, the UN and permanent countries of the UN Security Council, the US , France and Russia.
It will not be a surprise if the People’s Republic of China also participates, but according to information so far this has not been confirmed.
Following Mont Peleran as well as the Anastasiades, Akinci, Eide dinner during which the meeting in Geneva was decided, Alexis Tsipras and Nicos Anastasiades will examine the situation to date.
Well informed sources told the IBNA, that the purpose of the meeting is to coordinate the two countries’ efforts to find a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem that will benefit both communities.
According to the Cypriot but also the Greek side, an important factor in the course of the talks in Geneva, is the planned, meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras; a time and place is yet to be confirmed.
According to IBNA information the meeting is deemed necessary as it is believed that there the intentions of the Turkish side will be clarified to allow an investigation of acceptable solutions to important differences regarding the resolution of the Cyprus problem before the Geneva meeting.
As a top Cyprus government source pointed out to IBNA, there will be no point to the talks in Geneva if the Greek and he Turkish side do not agree on at least some issues.
The Cyprus Government however remains concerned after what seem to be efforts by some circles in Cyprus and Greece, to target both Nikos Kotzias, as well as the Greece – Cyprus united front on the Cyprus Issue.
In Jerusalem specifically, Cyprus government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides, after a barrage of questions on the issue of relations between Greece and Cyprus on the Cyprus Issue, categorically stated that there is no problem whatsoever with Greece.
The Greek Foreign Minister’s Anger
The Greek Foreign Minister expressed his intense discomfort in a tweet after being attacked for a speech given by Professor Angelos Syrigos. The speech was distorted and Kotzias was accused of not only having connections with Syrigos but also for having him as his consultant.
“Being charged with the opinions of the exceptional Professor Angelos Syrigos, member and secretary general of New Democracy Party Governments, by ‘political trolls’, is what I call Fascism” stated Kotzias with a tweet. He of course, apart from genuine appreciation has no further relationship with Syrigos, and especially not that of a consultant.
The minister’s colleagues are calling this a poor attempt in attacking the Greek Foreign Minister. Essentially with the participation of political forces used to playing petty but dangerous games they are poking in the dark trying to attribute responsibilities to Kotzias that are not his and in the process damaging Greece instead. In their aim to make as much noise as possible they do not hesitate to use falsehoods that are easily refuted.
Shocked by the distortion of his speech at the Memorial Service for Tassos Papadopoulos in Cyprus, Mr Syrigos described the incident as “totally out of order” and stated to the Athens News Agency that “Firstly it came out that I was in favour of the annexation, then in favour of the partition and now that I am a consultant to Nikos Kotzias. I would remind you that I have very good friendly relations with Mr Kotzias, he presented my book for Greek-Turkish relations, but we belong to two completely different areas, I have served as Secretary-General to the previous government and it would be funny to be his consultant, what can I say … ”
“I regret the situation,” he stated and added that “I see that what is being created between Athens and Nicosia is an environment which corresponds to that of the 60s, which led to the current occupation of Cyprus. Between 1963 and 1974 Athens and Nicosia were not talking. Papandreou accused Nicosia that “we agree on one thing and you do another” lets not do the same now. Lets not be divided, the situation is extremely critical, Greece has no more margins, Cyprus has no other diplomatic supporter except Greece. Lets not enter another negotiation like this.”/IBNA