NEWS

Concern over Talat meeting

A group of high-profile Greek-Americans wrote to US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this weekend in a bid to prevent a meeting between Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Reports have been mounting that Talat is seeking a meeting with Clinton, possibly after the intervention of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on March 30. The rumored meeting had not been confirmed by the State Department by last night. Eleven leaders of the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes (CEH) accused White House officials of being «on the verge of extending the Bush Administration doctrine» and called on Obama and Biden to «intervene before they cause America problems that will take years to correct.» According to unconfirmed reports, Clinton spoke with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Friday, explaining the reason behind the meeting with Talat, who is trailing in polls ahead of April 19 elections in the occupied part of Cyprus.