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New Greek FM puts Cyprus problem among top priorities
2006-02-15 14:11:44

Athens, Feb 15 – Newly appointed Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis has assured that the Cyprus question and the course of Greco-Turkish relations are among the priorities of the Greek foreign policy.

Ms. Bakoyiannis had a telephone conversation with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and also extended an invitation to her Cypriot counterpart George Iacovou to visit Athens next week for coordination of the two ministries.

The Cypriot President said he expects that the excellent relations he had with Ms. Bakoyiannis’ predecessor Petros Molyviatis will continue with the new Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs.

According to an official press release, the Cypriot FM, who will meet with her on February 22 in Athens, also had a telephone discussion with Ms. Bakoyiannis right after the ceremony where she assumed her new duties and congratulated her.

Speaking during the ceremony, Ms. Bakoyiannis said that Greece has all the potential of having strong regional power, that will be appreciated by all and will be an important factor in the process of European integration. She added that “on the basis of this new influence and power, priority will be given to the major pending issues we face, first of all the Cyprus question and of course the progress of Greco-Turkish relations and developments in the broader region of the Balkans” .

Mr. Molyviatis - the outgoing FM - referred to the Cyprus problem and to the referendum on the Annan plan, noting that “we gave the potential to the Cypriot people to decide freely for their fate, without negative repercussions either for Cyprus or for Greece. We continued to improve Greco-Turkish relations and we made Greco-Turkish issues Euro-Turkish ones.”

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