03 November, 2006
Turkish leadership is apparently balking at the prospect of a meeting between the Turkish and Cypriot foreign ministers in Helsinki along with a representative of the Turkish Cypriot community.
Speaking during a joint press conference here on Thursday with the visiting president of Mongolia, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it was "out of the question for our foreign minister" to participate in a meeting without the Greek foreign minister.
Erdogan also said he had a 45-minute phone discussion with Finnish Prime Minister Maati Vanhanen on Wednesday, while adding that no "written plan" has been forwarded to Ankara. "There are only rumors swirling over this (subject)," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency