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Christodoulides to meet Dendias in Nicosia on Friday

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides will hold a meeting on Friday with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias who will be in Cyprus in the framework of the regular contacts between Nicosia and Athens.

The focus of the meeting will be the Cyprus issue and EU-Turkey relations in light of Ankara’s provocations in the region.

The two ministers will hold a meeting, followed by deliberations with the participation of other officials.

Discussion is expected to focus on the coordination of actions in light of the recent developments on the Cyprus issue, as well as the ongoing discussions at EU level on relations with Turkey.

Earlier in the day, President Nicos Anastasiades, will receive Dendias at the presidential palace.

The EU leaders are expected to discuss Brussels’ relations with Ankara on December 10 and 11.

On the Cyprus problem front, Greece said it was ready to participate in a five-party summit.

The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on Cyprus, Jane Holl Lute, was in Athens on Wednesday after meeting with the two Cypriot leaders on Tuesday in a bid to assess the prospects of a five-party summit under UN auspices.

The Greek foreign ministry’s spokesperson, Alexandros Papaioannou, told the Cyprus News Agency on Thursday that said that his meeting with Lute, the ministry’s permanent secretary,  Themistoklis Demiris, conveyed to the UN official that Greece if invited, is ready to participate in a five-party summit on Cyprus under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General.
Lute is to also hold contacts with the other two guarantors, Turkey and the UK.

In the meantime, sources within the Greek foreign ministry refuted recent reports in Turkish media that Dendias filed a request for Cyprus joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato). The alleged issue was reportedly brought up by Dendias during a meeting of Nato foreign ministers.

The same sources told CNA that the Greek foreign minister never raised such an issue. Dendias, the sources said, referred to the need for cooperation between Nato and the European Union, noting that this implies equal cooperation with all member states, including the Republic of Cyprus. The sources stressed that any relationship between the Republic of Cyprus and Nato is a sovereign issue and right of the country and reiterated that the Greek foreign minister never referred to Cyprus’ accession to the Alliance.

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