Spokesman: Greek PM urges Cyprus calm in call with Erdogan

September 26, 2011 14:34

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called for calm over Cyprus in a phone conversation with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, a Greek government spokesman said, as regional tensions rise over oil exploration.

"Two hours ago, the prime minister had a telephone conversation with Mr. Erdogan," government spokesman Ilias Mosialos told reporters. "The prime minister said there should be self-constraint and calm" over Cyprus, Mosialos said.

A Turkish oil exploration vessel left the Aegean port of Izmir on Friday to carry out surveys off northern Cyprus amid tensions with Greek Cypriots on the divided island over rights to hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

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