Greek FM hopes for more substantive discussions with the help “of the wise UN Secretary General”

Negotiations have not proceeded as they should have done, a lot of time has been wasted and this explains why the Prime Ministers (of the three guarantor powers) will not come to Crans-Montana, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said after the conclusion of the evening session of the Conference on Cyprus that took place on Wednesday, expressing hope that “with the help of the wise UN Secretary General” they will hold on Thursday more substantive discussions.

Asked if there is an indication that the Turkish side will change its stance, Kotzias replied: “I think that we must work so that it changes.”

Invited to say if the Turkish side has reacted to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades proposal, the Greek FM said that the Cypriot side is preparing a package of proposals that it will hand over. “We have also prepared a well-written document on why the Treaties of Alliance and Guaranties have to be abolished,” he noted, adding that the UNSGs Special Adviser Espen Barth Eide will hand it over to the Secretary General on Thursday.

Kotzias noted that some of the participants to the Conference on Cyprus wanted to put pressure on the Prime Ministers of the guarantor powers to go to Switzerland, even though the preconditions for this have not been met.

“I raised once again, at the discussion, the need to move to concrete negotiations on the implementation and monitoring mechanism with regard to the troops and the way they will leave, and a series of other questions I have put forward. A lot of time has been lost at the negotiating table on secondary issues. I hope that tomorrow and with the help of the wise UN Secretary General we will be able to proceed with more substantive discussions,” he concluded.

UN-facilitated peace talks are currently underway in the Swiss ski resort of Crans Montana between President Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and representatives of Greece, Turkey and the UK. The goal is to find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency