On the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Wales on Sept. 5, a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the intractable problem of Cyprus achieved nothing.
The head-to-head talk came after Erdogan, while visiting the Turkish-occupied northern third of Cyprus, called for a two-state solution instead of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation as a way to unify the island divided since his country unlawfully invaded in 1974.
He repeated it to Samaras, who then said Erdogan had effectively sunk any hopes of peace or unification on Cyprus, Kathimerini said. The two had cordial relations but it got more tense with Erdogan’s stance and Samaras was said to have been upset, adding that the newly-elected Turkish leader had effectively poisoned ties with Greece.
Diplomatic sources expressed concern about Erdogan’s stance, describing the new development as “very important and very worrying.”
Samaras reiterated Greece’s unconditional support for Nicosia and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in the negotiations and repeated that the only solution is one in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions.
“Well Mr. President, we are faced with a real problem here, a real difference of opinion,” Samaras is said to have told Erdogan.
Erdogan reportedly asked Samaras for a briefing on the outcome of a Greek anti-racism law fearing it could further worsen Greek-Turkish relations because Turkey, accused of conducting mass murders in Armenia historically, opposes the use of the word “genocide” to define the slaughter of Christian populations.
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