Foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras underlined the important role played by Greece and Cyprus in events concerning their neighbourhood, in statements published by the Cyprus newspaper "Fileleftheros" on Wednesday. The statement was made in view of Thursday's meeting between Prime Minister George Papandreou and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

Delavekouras noted that the meeting immediately followed the meeting in Geneva between Christofias and Turkish-Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu and was taking place just one day before the European Council session in Brussels.

He noted that the Papandreou-Christofias meeting was held primarily so that the Greek prime minister might be briefed on the Geneva meeting and so the two sides could exchange views and discuss their next course of action. He pointed out that there had already been a conversation over phone between Papandreou and Christofias on the day of the Geneva meeting.

The spokesman said the goal was to ensure closely coordination action by Athens and Nicosia in the coming period, both with regard to the Cyprus issue and developments in the immediate neighbourhood.

He also stressed that the upcoming EU Council would be significant because it would mainly focus on the EU's energy policy.