Greek FM calls on Eide to say if Turkey accepted abolition of right of intervention and Treaty of Guarantees

The Greek Foreign Ministry, in a press release issued on Sunday, urges the UNSG’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, to clarify whether Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu accepted or not the abolition of Turkey’s right of intervention and the Treaty of Guarantees in Cyprus.

In the statement, the Greek FM wonder why Mr. Eide is giving interviews only to Greek-language print media. We are anxious to see when he will speak to a Turkish newspaper and explain Turkeys responsibility for the collapse of the talks.

The Greek Foreign Ministry asks Eide to clarify if during the dinner of 6 July, did the Turkish Foreign Minister in fact accept the abolition of “rights of intervention” and the Treaty of Guarantee from the first day of the Cyprus problems resolution, as Mr. Eide clearly stated in one of his many interviews?

Because, it adds, it is our conviction that the Turkish Foreign Minister stated the opposite both in the Conference and publicly. Unless Mr. Eide was at another Conference or wanted to hear something else.

It appears, says the Greek FM, that Mr. Eide is making statements as someone who intends to resign from the post of UN mediator in favour of taking up what would apparently be the more satisfactory position of spokesperson for the Turkish government. What he said in the same interview, that “Mr. Cavusoglu didnt put it exactly that way,” is indicative of the shift he is making.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided by Turkish troops since 1974. The new round of the UN-backed Cyprus talks in Crans Montana, Switzerland, failed to produce any results. The peace talks under the auspices of the UN aim at reuniting the island under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency