The Cypriot Foreign Minister, Mr. Ioannides Christofides, arrived in Athens on Monday (28 August) for?
The Cypriot Foreign Minister, Mr. Ioannides Christofides, arrived in Athens on Monday (28 August) for a one-day visit to hold talks on improving relations between Greece and Cyprus.
Mr. Christofides went immediately to the Foreign Ministry for a round of talks with the Greek Alternate Foreign Minister, Mr. Christian Xanthopoulos-Palamas.
In a statement after the meeting, Mr. Xanthopoulos-Palamas said that Greece and Cyprus had agreed to make every effort to reach a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus issue. He said the visit of Mr. Christofides had substantially contributed to the restoration of closer co-operation between Athens and Nicosia.
A diplomatic rift between Greece and Cyprus developed last February over the delivery to Cyprus of arms from Czechoslovakia.
The Greek Government feared that the arms might lead to increased tension between the Greek and Turkish communities on Cyprus. President Makarios has since agreed to a Greek demand that the arms be placed under the control of the United Nations' peace-keeping force on Cyprus.
Greece recently appointed a new ambassador to Cyprus after six months without diplomatic representation.