The Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis met with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos this morning in Athens. After the meeting concluded, Mr. Samaras stated that the Cypriot dispute is a “top priority” for the Greek government and spoke of the need for a broad national consensus.
The three politicians discussed the American pressure on Cyprus and Ankara regarding the possibility of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides releasing a Joint Communiqué, which could have the potential to be a milestone in negotiations.
Even though the negotiations are thought to be in a final stage, the Turkish Cypriot had yet to provide a final answer. While President Anastasiadis has the support of AKEL, other parties such as DIKO, EDEK, EYROKO and the party of Ecologists have expressed reservations about the joint communiqué.