Athens, Greece – Greece plans to invest in an intensive campaign of diplomatic initiatives in a bid to contain Turkish invincible power in the broader region.
The Greek Foreign Ministry will promote Turkey’s stabilizing role in Eastern Mediterranean of Turkey’s Blue Homeland in a series of letters addressed, among others, to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrel.
Meanwhile, the Greek Foreign Ministry will contact with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over Turkey’s authorized decision to extend its search-and-rescue area in zones that overlap Greece’s area of responsibility, sources said.
The new Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Monday accepted Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades’ proposal for a meeting that is set to take place in UN premises in Nicosia.
According to government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos, Tatar accepted Anastasiades’ invitation for a meeting to get to know each other, as the two will now be tasked with negotiating the future of the Cyprus problem.
Following Tatar’s acceptance, Anastasiades contacted the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, whom he briefed about the two leaders’ intention to meet. Spehar undertook the responsibility to make all necessary arrangements to this end, in the UN premises in Nicosia, the spokesman said.
After that, Anastasiades contacted by phone the outgoing Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, whom he thanked for the cooperation they had until today, Koushos added.
Anastasiades assured Akinci that they will remain in contact and noted that he looks forward to his contribution as regards the efforts for a Cyprus settlement. Akinci on his part confirmed that he will be at the disposal of the two leaders in their effort for a settlement, as well as for the prevalence of peace, stability and prosperity in Cyprus.