Venizelos calls for diplomatic consensus
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.