Venizelos: Key of Greek-Turkish relation the Cyprus issue

Venizelos: Key of Greek-Turkish relation the Cyprus issue

Government Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos underlined the need for the ratification and implementation of the those agreed in the two previous Greek-Turkish High Level Cooperation Councils in order the "huge dynamic that we have in all sectors" to unlock, he said speaking to the Greek-Turkish business forum held in Athens on Friday night.

Referring to the "unprecedented number of crises" that prevails in the region in this period, Venizelos opined that the key for the normalisation and the acceleration of the bilateral relations are "the Cyprus issue and the respect to the International Law, particularly of the international law of the sea".

Venizelos reminded that after South Stream's developments, TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline)"obtains an additional, exceptionally significant, international, political and developmental dimension".

He also underlined that the "business cooperation can't substitute the foreign policy and the policy of security and defence".

Referring to the current condition of multiple crises in the wider region, Venizelos noted that it is "our common obligation, with respect to the international law and to the international order, to contribute for the stability and to prevent the escalation of the violence and finally to enforce peace, stability and security in the area.