Greek, Turkish FMs discuss Cyprus

Melvut Cavusoglu and Evangelos Venizelos look to calm tension over Cyprus during talks in Greece

Melvut Cavusoglu and Evangelos Venizelos look to calm tension over Cyprus during talks in Greece

ATHENS - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Greek Deputy Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos have met in Greece to discuss steps to de-escalate tensions over the divided island of Cyprus.

The pair met in Thessaloniki on Friday as part of the 31st Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC).

Venizelos called for the withdrawal of the Turkish research ship Barbaros off of the Greek part of the island and claimed its presence constituted a violation of Greek Cypriots' sovereign rights.

 "Continuing negotiations, reaching a sustainable solution and eliminating unnecessary debates  are what really matter in Cyprus," said Cavusoglu for his part. 

The two ministers also took up regional issues. 

The BSEC is a multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at peace, stability and prosperity in the Black Sea region.

Member states include Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

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