Kotzias: Turkey’s intervention rights in Cyprus could not be accepted, the dream for a solution remains alive
The Conference on Cyprus ended early on Friday in Crans Montana, Switzerland, without a solution.
Turkey’s intervention rights throughout Cyprus could not possibly be accepted, the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias wrote on Twitter.
He added that “the dream and plan for a Cyprus solution remains alive”.
The message was posted early on Friday after the Conference on Cyprus was concluded in Switzerland without agreement.
Earlier, following the afternoon session of the talks Nikos Kotzias said that the Greek side has saved three times the ongoing negotiations in Switzerland about the future of Cyprus from collapse.
“The Greek side has defended the Law, International Law, it has defended the right of Cyprus to be a sovereign and independent state”, he added before the last meeting between the heads of the delegations and a dinner with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
On his part, Cyprus government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides said: “Unfortunately, this effort did not bear fruit due to the persistence of the Turkish side to keep the guarantees and the interventionist rights of Turkey as well as the occupation troops on the island.”
Turkey’s intransigent stance on the Turkish troops’ stay on the island and its rigid insistence on maintaining the intervention rights and guarantees for at least 15 years until their re-examination was one of the main reasons that led the negotiations to a dead end.
During the day, it was apparent that a meeting of the Prime Ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom could take place in New York next week provided that Turkey gave a commitment to accept the abolishment of its intervention rights and guarantees.
However, there was no agreement on the withdrawal of the occupational troops, the territorial readjustments, but also on Turkey’s claim that Turkish citizens should have equal treatment in Cyprus with Greek nationals who are EU citizens.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will brief the Parliament on Tuesday on the Cyprus issue.