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Greek Cypriot President Christofias (R) poses during his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Avramopoulos in Nicosia. AP photo

Greek Cypriot President Christofias (R) poses during his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Avramopoulos in Nicosia. AP photo

Greece’s new foreign minister has called on Turkey to stop its “threats and aggressive attitude” toward Greek Cyprus and to help in the island’s reunification, as he met with Greek Cypriot President Demetris Christofias yesterday during his first official foreign trip.

After the meeting, Avramopoulos said they had discussed the latest developments in Cyprus reunification talks and Greek Cyprus’ EU rotating presidency, energy issues and Turkey’s attitude toward Greek Cyprus. Greece is confident that Greek Cyprus will meet the demands of the EU rotating presidency, Avromopoulos said, adding that Athens would support the Greek Cypriot administration in the six-month-long period. 

Avramopoulos is a close friend of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Their friendship goes back to the former’s time as Athens mayor (1994-2002), during which he tried to visit Erdoğan in prison but was unable to get authorization. 

Avramopoulos also said Turkey should realize that Greek Cyprus’ EU membership and the discovery of natural gas off its southern coast could be opportunities to help the reunification efforts. 

Avramopoulos made the comments in Nicosia after talks with his Greek Cypriot counterpart, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, on July 1, the day Greek Cyprus assumed the presidency. Turkey has already announced that it will not join meetings to be held by Greek Cyprus as term president. However, Ankara said relations would continue with other EU bodies, particularly the European Commission.

July/03/2012

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john albay

7/3/2012 10:39:08 PM

@Akar I am a Turkish cypriot and I support my Motherland Turkey and served init military for 25 years. Your post is utter rubbish and we are not US puppets!

Agnes Smith

7/3/2012 2:53:42 PM

Hi ilker - glad to find you again! Yes where are the British? Get Panarama involved to get out your story. I agree with you totally on this one - Turkish Cyprus is an island of Turkish immigrants, not hard core like you. They probably get a free ticket and assistance if they vote for AKP. Something has to be done soon before you all lose your Cypriot identity.

Murat

7/3/2012 2:45:37 PM

Sometimes I am concerned about the emotional and mental health of these people. Greeks rejected the best plan, a UN plan that they themselves had negotiated. What else is there left to talk about? The man has no shame.

LEVENT HUSEYIN

7/3/2012 2:18:40 PM

The Greeks keep circulating the same abstract propaganda trying to justify their own atrocities, killings, lootings and vandalism against the Turkish Cypriots and their subsequent Greek invasion of Cyprus by stealing Turkish Land Throughout Cyprus History. 

Chris Green

7/3/2012 1:36:39 PM

Why should Turkey help south Cyprus to reoccupy the island? What possible advantage would derive to Turkey? Certainly none would devolve the Turkish Cypriots! Absurd suggestion that will never happen! The island will never 'unify' neither will Turkey withdraw their TSK. That is the reality. Turkish Cyprus should be recognised now or it should perhaps cede to the Republic of Turkey but certainly the divided status quo is unlikely to change.

Emanuel Zahra

7/3/2012 11:31:41 AM

I honestly ask simple questions, why is it that Greek and Turkish Cypriots cannot find a common ground to live together in one country? How long has this got to linger on? I sincerely believe that it would be a win win situation for both Turkish and Greek Cypriots and also to to Turkey and Greece. Lets try to forget the past but at the same time try to learn from it by considering that checks and balances are introduced to safeguard the interests of everybody. Let us believe !

Thracian Anatolian

7/3/2012 11:28:01 AM

ilker avni, yes, there is a relationship of dependency between Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots but that is only because the Greek side refuses to compromise in any negotiation (and after all, why should they? The Greek side is in the EU). So naturally, yes, it is the mainland Turks that feed their kins in the island. But do enlighten us, if mainland Turks didn't, who else would?

Nicholas Loucas

7/3/2012 11:21:19 AM

@ Ilker. Im with you!! As a Cypriot of both TC and GC blood. I beleive Both the mainland Greeks and Turks need to stay out of Cypriot business. The Britsh? Yea, where are they? The supposed gauranteurs. They sure had no problem agitataing the hatred between the TC's and GC's to serve their own purposes, then when the "you know what hit the fan" they completley turned thier backs on everyone.

Thracian Anatolian

7/3/2012 10:40:49 AM

Of course, as his highness wishes. What gives the Southern Administration in Cyprus the right to expropriate the riches of the island without the consent of the other rightful owners in the North?

Aleka Akar

7/3/2012 10:00:55 AM

@john albaby I guess you're American? No idea but just a note here:all his declarations are for internal comsumption in Greece. As for who is "poor" and "bankrupt" just think of all the natural gas and oil in Aegean between Greece and Turkey and you will figure out all also as why everything in the area happens. Simple.And both Turks and Greeks are kind tired of being US puppets. Also simple.
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