Greek and Swiss Foreign Ministers discuss Turkish violations of International Law

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met today with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis. During their meeting the two Foreign Ministers discussed about the Turkish violations of the International Law in the Eastern Mediterranean and the refugee crisis.

Greek Foreign Minister reiterated Greece’s position that Turkey must immediately stop its illegal actions in the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and that it must also respect the International Law as a whole.

On his part, Swiss Foreign Minister expressed Switzerland’s concern regarding the violation of the International Law in the Mediterranean. He also noted that the recommencement of the dialogue aiming at reaching a solution of the Cyprus problem is necessary. Cassis also expressed the view that Turkish violations of the International Law must stop immediately, saying that he will raise the issue during his forthcoming meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.

In his statements, after the meeting with Greek Foreign Minister, the Swiss Foreign Minister explained that his successive visits to Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, express Switzerland’s will for peace and security in the Mediterranean.

A long-standing problem exists in Cyprus, involving the Republic of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey. I wanted, thus, to see for myself the aspects of this problem and to hear the positions of the countries involved in this issue, Cassis said, while underlining that Switzerland, over the past years, has made its services available in the search of a solution to the Cyprus problem.

As regards the possibility for a reopening of the dialogue on the Cyprus problem, Swiss Foreign Minister expressed that view that the violations of the International Law make difficult this perspective. For this reason, seeking ways to stop these violations of the International Law is a precondition for a reopening of the dialogue on the Cyprus Problem, Swiss Foreign Minister said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency