Venizelos calls for diplo­matic con­sen­sus

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Op­po­si­tion par­ties were mostly in agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment’s stance on key for­eign pol­icy is­sues yes­ter­day as For­eign Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venizelos briefed MPs on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments.

Ap­pear­ing be­fore Par­lia­ment’s na­tional de­fense and for­eign af­fairs com­mit­tee, Venizelos stressed the need for par­ties to come to­gether on such is­sues. “We have to try to achieve do­mes­tic con­sen­sus in the field of for­eign pol­icy,” he said.

SYRIZA, for in­stance, backed the re­cent tri­par­tite talks be­tween Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, which cul­mi­nated in the lead­ers of the three coun­tries is­su­ing the Cairo Dec­la­ra­tion on Satur­day.

Venizelos spoke at length about Greece’s re­ac­tion to Turkey’s decision to send a seis­mic re­search ves­sel into Cyprus’s ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

“The source of the prob­lem is al­ways that Turkey re­fuses to rec­og­nize Cyprus, which has na­tional sovereignty and na­tional rights.”

Venizelos is due to visit Ankara on Novem­ber 29, ahead of a Greek-Turk­ish High­Level Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil meet­ing in Athens on De­cem­ber 5 and 6, when Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras is due to meet Turkey’s Premier Ah­met Davu­to­glu. SYRIZA crit­i­cized the gov­ern­ment for agree­ing to host the sum­mit amid the cur­rent dis­pute.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.