Davutoglu in Athens

Davutoglu in Athens

Athens, December 5, 2014 / Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in Athens accompanied by nine of his government’s minister, showing the importance the Turkish side places to the visit the Turkish Prime Minister in Greece.

The official reason for the visit is the 3rd High Council of Cooperation between Greece and Turkey, but main topic of discussion between Antonis Samaras and his Turkish counterpart is expected to be the Cyprus problem.

The Turkish side is expected to put on the table a formula for the establishment of a consortium that will distribute the hydrocarbon revenues of Cyprus, a view that the Greek government rejects.

Reportedly Davutoglu awaits for a development on the mosque in Athens, which is thought to be delayed, without excluding a “positive move” regarding the Theological School of Halki.

The ministers who arrived in Athens are Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Interior Minister Efkan Ala, the EU minister Volkan Bozkir, Finance Minister Nihat Zeybekci, the Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Minister of Trade and Customs Nurettin Canikli, Tourism Minister Omer Celik, Health Minister Mehmet Müezzinoğlu, and Transport and Communications Minister Lütfi Elvan.

Greek police has taken increased security measures in Hilton Hotel where the Turkish delegation will stay.

The Turkish delegation reacted negatively to the information that on Saturday morning, during the time the press conference between the two prime ministers will be held, at the same hotel the British Council will be organising English test examinations!