THE FOREIGN ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt met when they were in New York last week in order to arrange the third tripartite summit which is expected to be held later this month in Athens. This would complete a full circle of tripartite summits, with one having been held in Cairo last year and a second in Nicosia in April.
Neither of these produced anything more tangible than some pictures of the smiling leaders shaking hands. There was also a declaration signed in each case – the Cairo and subsequently the Nicosia declaration – which spoke of economic co-operation and the strengthening of political ties among the three countries. While building good relations with neighbouring countries is good, we suspect that much more is made out of these summits than they actually have to offer.
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