Bi­den briefs Anas­tasi­ades

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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.

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