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Samaras and Erdogan to meet privately at NATO summit in Cardiff

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Greek Prime Minister Samaras and Turkish President Erdogan will meet unofficially on Thursday at Cardiff during one of the breaks of the annual NATO summit in Wales, according to reports in Athens.

This “out of protocol” meeting was requested by the newly elected President of Turkey and, despite the fact that Athens seemed to be annoyed by statements he made during his visit yesterday to the occupied areas of Cyprus, the meeting was arranged and reports say that the two leaders will discuss bilateral matters in private at Cardiff.

Erdogan chose the Turkish occupied areas of northern Cyprus for his first official visit as President. Speaking to Turkish and Turkish Cypriot journalists there, he accused Greece of “not being consistent with her obligations” towards the solution of the Cyprus problem, and for the re-opening of the Theological School of Chalki in Istanbul. He also said that a solution in Cyprus should be one “of two separate states”, and denied having received the official letter by Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiades that was handed to him by the Greek Foreign Minister, Evangelos Venizelos during his inauguration ceremony in Ankara.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Erdogan’s statements in occupied Cyprus were disappointing, and stressed that “Turkey cannot integrate Greece’s international obligations with the serious responsibilities that Turkey has for the situation in Cyprus”.

The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will be accompanied in Wales by his Foreign Secretary Evangelos Venizelos and Defence Minister Demetris Avramopoulos.


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