National Council members convey appreciation to Greek Government and Kotzias

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides conveyed the gratitude of the members of the National Council to the Greek government and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias for their support during the Cyprus talks in Crans Montana earlier this month.

Today’s meeting of the National Council was attended by Kotzias himself. Members of the National Council exchanged views on the state of affairs.

The Spokesman also referred to a 20-minute telephone conversation President Nicos Anastasiades he held with German Chancellor Angela Merkel whom he informed on developments at Crans Montana. They also discussed the Euro Turkish relations. Christodoulides said that conversations with heads of state and governments as well as EU institutions will continue in the next days.

Answering questions, he said that Turkey needs to make moves on the Cyprus problem so it can actually take forward its European course. He also said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to resume the Cyprus talks when conditions are such that will lead to a positive result.

He said we were not led to a positive result for a very specific reason, Turkey’s stance on the security and guarantees issue that have nothing to do with the framework set by the UNSC on the issue.

The Spokesman added that Turkey must make moves on the Cyprus issue to take forward its European course and not give Turkey incentives for its European course in order to make progress on Cyprus. Therefore, he added, Turkey must make very specific movements on issue of security and guarantees in order to strengthen its European perspective.

Noting that a first review of the situation as it resulted after the Crans Montana talks took place today, Christodoulides said that what is important is to give a clear picture of what prevented a positive result in Switzerland and see how there can be conditions that will allow the resumption of the dialogue for a positive result.

However, he added this depends entirely on Turkey, bearing in mind the fact we had no result at Crans Montana.

UN-backed talks that took place between June 28-July 7, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, ended inconclusively. Peace talks aim to reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency