Berlin trilateral meeting a positive step, Greek FM says

The trilateral meeting in Berlin was a positive step, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has said noting that Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic (EEZ) and its general attitude as regards the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus Problem, are crucial open issues.

During joint statements with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok, after a meeting they held in Athens, Dendias stressed that the trilateral meeting in Berlin �where commitment to the solution of the Cyprus issue on the basis of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions was confirmed� was a positive step.

Greece is looking forward to the continuation of the UN Secretary General’s initiatives towards this direction,, he added.

Furthermore, Dendias said that he discussed with his Dutch counterpart about the Turkish illegal actions in the maritime zones of the Republic of Cyprus, which have been denounced by the European Union, and also about Turkey’s general attitude as regards the efforts for the solution of the Cyprus Issue.

The two Foreign Ministers also raised the issue of Turkish management of the refugee problem, with Dendias expressing the view that Turkey is instrumentalizing the refugee issue to serve its own interests.

As regards Turkey’s and Libya’s agreement for the delimitation of maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean, Dendias stressed that any such agreement is almost ridiculous, as it disregards the obvious geographical fact that between the two countries is the geographical area of Crete.

The meeting between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci took place in Berlin on November 25.

The UN Secretary-General said in a statement after the meeting that the leaders of Cyprus affirmed their commitment to the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, the prior convergences, and the six point framework he presented on 30 June 2017 with a view to achieve a strategic agreement paving the way forward for a comprehensive settlement.

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency