April consultations between Greece and Turkey on Cyprus problem important, FM says

The agreement between Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to arrange a meeting on April 12, in Athens, between the two countries during which the international aspect of the Cyprus problem will be discussed is an important development, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has said.

In statements in Parliament today, Christodoulides said that he was briefed by Katrougkalos on the outcome of his discussions with Cavusoglu.

The fact that it was agreed that the next meeting which will take place in Athens on April 12, at Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General level, the political consultations and the fact that discussion will begin on the international aspect of the Cyprus problem is an important development, he noted.

It is a development in the right direction, Christodoulides said, adding that we also consider that certain symbolic confidence building measures between Greece and Turkey may also help create the right climate.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency