Diplo­matic flurry ahead of Cyprus sum­mit

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As re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks be­tween ri­val Cypriot lead­ers are set to re­sume to­mor­row, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is pre­par­ing for a se­ries of meet­ings with Greek po­lit­i­cal party lead­ers in the runup to the cru­cial mul­ti­lat­eral sum­mit on Jan­uary 12, while UN Spe­cial Ad­viser for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide and Bri­tish Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs Alan Dun­can are both ex­pected in Athens this week for talks with For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias.

The meet­ings will come on the heels of last Fri­day’s talks in Athens – be­tween Tsipras, Kotzias, Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades, and Cyprus For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides – which fo­cused on two ba­sic themes: to en­sure that Greece and the Greek Cypri­ots do not get the blame if the sum­mit fails to pro­duce a re­sult, and, sec­ondly, to dis­cuss the le­gal profile of the Repub­lic of Cyprus at the sum­mit, and af­ter, pre­sum­ing there is a set­tle­ment.

As part of this flurry of diplo­matic ac­tiv­ity, Kotzias heads to New York on Thurs­day for talks with new UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res about Cyprus ahead of the Geneva sum­mit.

In the bid to form the broad­est pos­si­ble po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus at home, Tsipras will hold in­di­vid­ual meet­ings, be­gin­ning on Mon­day, with New Democ­racy leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis, PA­SOK chief Fofi Gen­i­mata, Greek Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) gen­eral sec­re­tary Dim­itris Kout­soum­bas, To Po­tami leader Stavros Theodor­akis, Union of Cen­trists pres­i­dent Vas­silis Leven­tis, and the head of In­de­pen­dent Greeks (ANEL), Panos Kam­menos.

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