05 July, 2006
The inner cabinet met at Maximos Mansion in Athens on Tuesday to discuss foreign policy issues. After the meeting, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stated that the inner cabinet was briefed on all foreign policy issues, the Balkans, the latest developments in Iran, the Cyprus issue in light of a visit by UN Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari and Euro-Turkish prospects.
On an impending visit by Cyprus Republic President Tassos Papadopoulos to Athens, Bakoyannis said that developments will be reviewed and all issues will be discussed for better and continuous coordination between the two governments.
The foreign minister also clarified that the process for the solution of the Cyprus issue is not linked with Turkey’s European prospects as they are two entirely different things. The Cyprus issue, she pointed out, is being discussed within the UN framework, while Turkey’s European prospect concerns Turkey and the European Union, reiterating that Turkey should meet the obligations it has undertaken toward the EU.
Responding to a question on pressures likely to be exerted by the United States, she stated that the United States’ viewpoint is known but Turkey’s European prospect is an EU matter.
Source: Athens News Agency