Greek, Turkish FMs agree to joint Cyprus visit

The foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey agreed on Friday to make a joint visit to Cyprus to hold talks with President Nicos Anastasiades in an effort to break the deadlock in the island’s peace talks.

Evangelos Venizelos and Mevlut Cavusoglu met in Thessaloniki on Friday, less than a week after the Greek-Turkish High-Level Cooperation Council was held in Athens. Venizelos described as a “very good idea” Cavusoglu’s proposal that they visit Nicosia together as soon as Anastasiades returns from New York, where he recently underwent heart surgery.

Reunification talks on the island stalled when Turkey sent its seismic research vessel, the Barbaros, into Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone, where it remains.