EU Foreign Policy Chief May Boycott Syria Meeting In Turkey Over Cyp
EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF MAY BOYCOTT SYRIA MEETING IN TURKEY OVER CYPRUS
March 30, 2012 - 13:31 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is mulling
whether to boycott the Friends of Syria meeting on April 1 in Istanbul
due to Turkey's refusal to invite Greek Cyprus to the key meeting,
Hurriyet Daily News reported.
"Ashton is unlikely to be in Istanbul due to Ankara's decision,"
an EU diplomat told the HDN. "Instead, her deputy, Pierre Vimont,
will represent the European External Action Service."
Ashton's office said they were not in a position to confirm that she
would be in Istanbul on April 1.
According to diplomatic sources, Ashton tried hard to convince Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to secure Greek Cyprus' participation in
the meeting alongside other EU countries, but she could not obtain
a positive response in their last phone conversation March 27.
The diplomat said talks between Ankara and Brussels that aimed to
change the other's mind were continuing, but there was little room
for each side to back down from their positions.