Biden briefs Anastasiades
US Vice President Joe Biden affirmed Washington’s commitment to the reunification of Cyprus “as a bizonal, bicommunal federation.”The comments were made late Sunday as Biden called Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to brief him about his talks in Turkey. Washington stressed “the need to de-escalate tensions in order to get back to a more constructive track in the UN-mediated settlement talks on Cyprus and reinvigorate efforts to seek mutually beneficial solutions,” the White House said.
According to Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, Anastasiades thanked Biden for clarifying that “without an end to the Turkey’s illegal actions [reunification] talks cannot resume.” The coalition government must tell the truth to the Greek people, even if this entails admitting to mistakes made over the last few months. The country’s citizens are fully aware of how crucial the situation is right now. They heard the government announcing that it was about to tear the memorandums and declaring that it was quite capable of seeking funding from international markets on its own devices. They have also come to realize that the main opposition party, SYRIZA, lacks a strategy with regard to what it plans to do if its blackmailing policy for writing off the Greek debt backfires. The same is true regarding its potential alliances within the European Union. Beyond slogans and populism, a critical mass of Greeks is becoming increasingly anxious over current developments. What these people expect to hear now is the truth and a feasible plan. They certainly don’t want politicians who are trying to fool them by making promises they can’t keep.