Sources: No Meeting Between Dendias and Cavusoglu Has Been Agreed

January 12, 2021

ATHENS — No meeting between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu has been scheduled or agreed, Greek diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. They were referring to Cavusoglu's statements earlier the same day, during his meetings with EU member-state ambassadors.

As the same sources said, while the Greek minister has long had personally friendly relations with Cavusoglu, a meeting between them has neither been agreed nor scheduled for the next period.

"Of course, Dendias remains open to the prospect of a meeting with Cavusoglu whenever the conditions allow," the same sources added.

Meanwhile, European Commission spokesperson on EU external affairs, Peter Stano, underlined that Turkey must behave constructively toward EU member-states, and said the EU has repeatedly shown solidarity with Greece and Cyprus, when asked to comment on the resumption of exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey.

"While this is a bilateral issue, we have been discussing already how important it is for Turkey to behave constructively toward the EU member-states, because the EU has on numerous occasions stressed its solidarity with Greece, with Cyprus, and it has stressed also the need to solve all the bilateral issues," Stano said, while noting that "the EU is ready to do whatever is needed for our member-states if they ask us to support them in any other way."

He added that "if Greece decides that they need EU support in these bilateral talks with Turkey, I think the Greek partners know what to do in order to get such support. I can only recall how strong and how clear the EU was in expressing solidarity with Greece… So its good if the announcement and the intentions are finally translated into concrete actions and negotiations".

Opposition Movement for Change (KINAL) says 'yes' to dialogue with Turkey on the issue of maritime zones and only on that issue, said KINAL spokesperson Pavlos Christidis on Tuesday, speaking on public radio ERA, while adding that this is has been the fixed national position for decades.

"It is good to have dialogue, which must take place, as this is the way that peoples move forward their peaceful co-existence and proximity. I recall, however, that it was Turkey that broke off the exploratory talks in 2016, on the one hand, and that by adding more issues to the agenda, on the other hand, it is in this way undermining dialogue. Dialogue that involves the violation of our sovereign rights cannot happen. Ankara must stop these illegal actions for good," said Christidis.


ATHENS - US Ambassador George Tsunis added to a list of those lauding Greece’s recovery from a 2010-18 financial and austerity crisis, calling it an “economic miracle,” that is seeing investors from the United States and world jumping in.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

ATHENS – After five years of systematic research, documenting and collecting stories from all over Greece, Istorima, the largest-scale collection of oral history in the country, continues its activity and is enriched with a renewed website with updated series and collections.

For centuries, ancient artifacts, art, and relics have been a topic of ownership, provenance, and morality debates.

LESVOS – The 2nd International ELIA Lesvos Confest (an olive conference and festival) took place at the Vrana Olive Press Museum on the island of Lesvos in Greece May 23-26.

NEW YORK – Pancyprian Association of America issued a statement mourning the passing of Constantine Iordanou, the businessman and philanthropist who was also a founding member of the Association.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.