Discussion on occupation and intervention rights in Cyprus constitutes a great success of Greek diplomacy, Kotzias says

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has said that the fact that the core issues of the Cyprus problem, and more specifically the Turkish occupation of part of the island’s territory and intervention rights, have been discussed at the negotiating table constitutes a great success of the Greek diplomacy.

In an interview at the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, Kotzias said that the UN, the EU and other international factors, and all members of the UN Security Council share the belief that dialogue cannot begin if these issues are not discussed and clarified. It is now internationally acknowledged that a solution to the Cyprus problem would mean a solution to the core issue of the problem, that is invasion and occupation, he added.

Regarding the possibility of a new Conference on Cyprus, Kotzias said that the issues of occupation and intervention rights should be discussed prior to such a Conference, with a view to see if there is convergence and co-understanding among the guarantor powers.

He also notd that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu have accepted the need for preliminary discussions before a new Conference on Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. The latest round of negotiations, in July this year, ended inconclusively due to unacceptable demands by both Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots to maintain Turkish military presence on the island and retain the right of intervention and the right of guarantee which Ankara secured through the 1960 treaties that established the Republic of Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency