Greek Foreign Minister speaks about two workgroups at Cyprus talks

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicos Kotzias announced on Tuesday the setting up of a workgroup to discuss security issues in Cyprus, and expressed hope that a second workgroup would be formed on Wednesday regarding the withdrawal of troops from Cyprus, in the presence of military officers.

Speaking on his arrival at the afternoon session of the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana, in Switzerland, Kotzias said two workgroups would be set up. We have agreed on one and it has started work. I hope we will agree on the second one by tomorrow morning, Kotzias noted.

He explained that one workgroup has do with the security of the island, adding that we insist in the negotiations that security is not just military, as this is a notion of the 17th-18th century, not the 21st century.

Furthermore, he said, we hope a group on the withdrawal of troops will be set up tomorrow, and tomorrow morning out military officers will be here, the experts on these issues.

Asked if Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed, Kotzias said, I don’t know if he agrees, but he will be participating.

Source: Cyprus News Agency