27 December, 2006
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, in an interview she gave to Sunday's edition of "Eleftherotypia" newspaper, sees recourse to the polls, at any moment, if there are reactions to the changes which the ruling New Democracy (ND) party is advancing.
However, she views that the general elections will be conducted normally, at some moment, towards the end of the four-year tenure.
Bakoyannis also announced that there will be new mobility in the Cyprus issue in 2007, both on a United Nations level, as well as in the European Union.
Regarding Greek-Turkish relations, the foreign minister assessed that no major decisions will be taken before the Turkish general elections next November.
Meanwhile, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, in an interview he gave to Cyprus' "Haravghi" newspaper, stressed that Nicosia "is determined to resist with all the means it possesses, the overturning which is being advanced by European Union member-states for the upgrading of the (Turkish Cypriot) pseudo-state."
President Papadopoulos stressed that "the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots is being used as an alibi by Turkey so as not to implement its European obligations."
To a question whether he ascertained an identity of positions between the EU and the Anglo-Americans, Papadopoulos answered negatively. The Cyprus president added that "a small group of EU member-states "openly support, even in violation of the principles on which the EU's existence and operation is based on, Turkey's unimpeded accession."
Source: Athens News Agency