Political parties will be briefed next Tuesday on Greek-Turkish relations, Cyprus EEZ

Political parties will be briefed next Tuesday on Greek-Turkish relations and developments in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, at a meeting to be held behind closed doors at Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said on Thursday.

The minister also rejected allegations of conducting “secret diplomacy” and noted that he will be conducting the briefing on Greek-Turkish developments, while Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides will do the briefing on the Cypriot issue.

The minister was responding to a question by New Democracy MP Dora Bakoyannis about a sea zones agreement with Albania, which repeated her party’s request that the foreign ministry brief the relevant parliament committee about the latest developments in major foreign policy issues.

Kotzias firmly rejected Bakoyannis’ allegations of “careless and irresponsible handling” of a major foreign policy issue by the government, without the necessary consultation with the political forces, and her claim that the government was “ready to accept the essential annulment of the mutually beneficial agreement signed by Greece and Albania in 2009.”

Kotzias noted that the differences between Albania and Greece concerned only about 9 pct of the sea area.