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Christodoulides to brief EU counterparts on Turkey’s provocations

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Thursday will brief his EU counterparts of Turkey’s provocations and moves in Varosha during a video conference of Foreign Affairs Council.

No decisions should be expected on Thursday, however, Christodoulides told state broadcaster CyBC, since the issue of Turkey will be discussed at the EU leaders’ summit on December 10 and 11.

Christodoulides, however, and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will inform their counterparts on Turkey’s escalating provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, while the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is to reportedly also make an intervention on the issue.

So far Turkey has not responded to the European Council’s clear message that a positive agenda will be set if there are positive developments, Christodoulides told CyBC. He was referring to the agreement of the European Council last month to launch a positive political EU-Turkey agenda with a specific emphasis on the modernisation of the Customs Union and trade facilitation, among other things, provided Ankara made constructive efforts to stop illegal activities that affect Greece and Cyprus.

Christodoulides and Dendias, during a telephone conversation on Wednesday, discussed the need for a European response to the Turkish illegal and provocative actions.

During the video conference, the 27 foreign ministers will be briefed by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Borrell, about current affairs such as the outcome of the US elections and the situation in Afghanistan, Belarus, Nagorno Karabakh, the Eastern Mediterranean and Ethiopia.

On the sidelines of the video conference, ministers are due to exchange views with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki.

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