Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Clinton calls off Talat meeting

Following the 50-minute meeting that took place yesterday at the State Department between Archbishop Demetrios and Hillary Clinton – a meeting Demetrios described as 'warm and sincere' – Kathimerini, late last night, was reporting the following (my translation):

Clinton denies she's to meet Talat

'The American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not planning to meet with the Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in Washington in the next few days,' Panicos Papanikolaou, the president of the Cypriot Federation of America, told journalists. He added: 'After the strong reactions and right co-ordination [of Greek American leaders], it seems we have a positive result.'

According to Mr Papanikolaou, Mrs Clinton assured Greek American leaders that she is not planning to meet Mr Talat, and showed interest instead in meeting first with her Cypriot counterpart, Markos Kyprianou. This meeting will likely take place the next time the Secretary of State visits Europe.

On Friday, members of the Greek American community had sent letters to President Obama and vice-president Biden asking for their intercession to prevent the Clinton-Talat meeting.