Greek PM says Erdogan visit ‘chance to take bold steps forward’


Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has described a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Greece on Thursday and Friday as “a chance to take bold steps forward,” saying that the two Aegean neighbors must signal their desire for a resumption of negotiations to reunite ethnically-split Cyprus.

Athens and Ankara, Tsipras said in an interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency, must “send a message of support on the restarting of the talks for a just and viable solution in Cyprus, on the basis of UN resolutions.”

“These talks must start when the two communities are ready and must be prepared well in order to ensure success,” Tsipras was quoted as saying.

The last round of talks at the Swiss Alpine resort of Crans-Montana broke down in July. Each side blamed the other for the failure.