By Spiros Sideris – Athens
Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos informed the representatives of the political parties on all developments in foreign policy during a meeting of the National Council on Foreign Policy.
He gave particular emphasis to the issue of Cyprus, in view of the new tripartite meeting. He stressed that the goal remains the preservation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, and putting an end to the turkish challenge. He said, however, that the government has decided to continue its regular dialogue with Turkey.
“The maintenance of a communication channel is to the benefit of Greece, Cyprus and the peace in the region” Venizelos added. In this context, he will make the scheduled for November 29 visit to Ankara.
The Greek Foreign Minister stated that the climate in the meeting was that of consensus, which he described as a “good omen in a period full of challenges”.
The views of the parties
“The spirit of sobriety that prevailed, I hope that it will be conveyed to the public debate”. said Giorgos Koumoutsakos, who participated in the National Council on Foreign Policy on behalf of the New Republic.
In favor of an “open communication line between Greece-Turkey” and “the exercise of sovereign rights” stood Nadia Valavani of SYRIZA.
Discussion at the highest level on national issues was suggested by Terrence Kouik from the Independent Greeks.
“The National Council on Foreign Policy legitimises the anti people government decisions and supports the involvement of Greece in imperialist designs”, said in a statement the Greek Communist Party.