Venizelos eyes new tri­par­tite deal

Cypriot, Is­raeli min­is­ters in­vited for talks on en­ergy, se­cu­rity fol­low­ing Cairo pact

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For­eign Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venizelos yes­ter­day in­vited his Cypriot and Is­raeli coun­ter­parts, Ioan­nis Ka­soulides and Avig­dor Lieber­man, for talks on closer co­op­er­a­tion on en­ergy and other is­sues in a bid to forge a sim­i­lar pact to the one signed in Cairo over the week­end by Greek, Cypriot and Egyp­tian heads of state.

The meet­ing, which is ex­pected to be held in the Greek cap­i­tal in the com­ing weeks, fol­lowed an ini­tial round of talks in Athens yes­ter­day be­tween Greek, Cypriot and Is­raeli diplo­mats which cul­mi­nated in a joint state­ment con­demn­ing the pres­ence off the Cypriot coast of a Turk­ish seis­mic ves­sel. In their state­ment, the diplo­mats ex­pressed “con­cern for il­le­gal ac­tions and provo­ca­tions in the sea wa­ters of the East­ern Mediter­ranean in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law.”

Turkey’s chart­ing of the wa­ters off Cyprus, where Cypriot au­thor­i­ties are li­censed to drill for oil and gas, was also dis­cussed in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, with MEPs to­day ex­pected to adopt a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing Turkey to show re­straint and re­spect in­ter­na­tional laws.

Mean­while a fresh vi­o­la­tion of Greek air space in the east­ern Aegean by two Turk­ish fighter jets caused con­cern in Athens though Turk­ish of­fi­cials sub­se­quently apol­o­gized, ac­cord­ing to Greek de­fense of­fi­cials who said Ankara blamed the in­ci­dent on an er­ror of judg­ment by the pi­lot of one of the Turk­ish F16s. The Turk­ish jets ha­rassed a Hel­lenic Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity air­craft close to the is­land of Psara and one of the two F-16s sub­se­quently fol­lowed the Greek plane to My­conos.

A man stands out­side the Supreme Court in Athens yes­ter­day. Judges’ unions hit out at the gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to re­store their wages to 2012 lev­els de­spite court or­ders to do so. The gov­ern­ment drafted leg­is­la­tion this week in which it plans to re­store half of the judges’ wages. The unions claimed this decision was ‘pun­ish­ment of the judges be­cause they make rul­ings that do not meet with the agree­ment of the ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers.’

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