Not everyone has revealed their positions at the Conference on Cyprus, says Greek FM

The Greek side to the Conference on Cyprus is trying to open the discussion in such way so that everyone will reveal their real intentions, said Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters on the second day of the Conference in Crans Montana, Kotzias said that not everyone has revealed their positions, adding that this is what usually happens during negotiations.

What we are trying to do is to expand the conversation so that everyone will reveal their intentions, he added.

Asked if he expects this to happen on Friday when the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrives, he replied: I believe that tomorrow everyone’s intentions will be revealed. But we need to win the day today as well.

Asked if his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu’s proposal contains surprised elements on the issue of security and guarantees, he said it is centered around what they (the Turkish side) did in the Annan Plan (a UN proposed solution plan).

Like everyone at the conference, we are very optimistic and we hope that we can reach a deal at the end of the week, said Jonathan Allen, the UK’s envoy on Cyprus on his way to the talks.

He also said that British Minister for Europe Alan Duncan will return to Crans Montana tomorrow.

Source: Cyprus News Agency