Turkey never intended to commit to a Cyprus solution, says Greek PM

Turkey never intended to commit to a solution allowing Cyprus to be truly independent and sovereign, Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday, while addressing the Hellenic Parliament.

While briefing the House in Athens over the latest developments regarding the Cyprus issue, Tsipras underlined that a just and viable Cyprus solutions implies the abolitions of intervention rights and guarantees, as well as the withdrawal of Turkish occupation troops.

Speaking about the Conference on Cyprus, that convened in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, between June 28 and July 7, the Prime Minister of Greece noted that it might have been the first time that Greek and Cypriot positions over a settlement on the island were coinciding to such a degree with the positions of the international community.

The fact that we were able to persuade with regards to our intentions is equally important, Tsipras added.

He went on to say that the Greek side did not attend the conference in order to waste time or engage in a blame game but we truly fought for a solution that could benefit the Cypriot people in their entirety, while ensuring that the security of one community would not be to the detriment of the other.

The Premier of Greece also welcomed the decision adopted in January 2016 by the parliaments of Greece and Cyprus, to offer access to all documents that were collected by the Hellenic Parliament, as part of an Inquiring Committee over the 1974 events in Cyprus. The Committee on the Cyprus Dossier convened between 1986 and 1988.

Tsipras said that this decision is not related to recent developments in talks and was taken a long time ago. He further said that this was an unfulfilled debt of Greece towards the people of Cyprus and a tribute for all those who fought and sacrificed their lives during the 1974 coup d’Etat against the then elected President of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios and the subsequent Turkish invasion and occupation of part of the territory of Cyprus.

29 years after the Inquiry Committee and 43 years after the invasion, the Hellenic Parliament will provide the full range of these documents to the Cypriot House, in order to open � as indeed entitled � an issue that concerns mostly the Cypriot people and for which the Cypriot people are entitled to know about.

Meanwhile, the Greek National Council on Foreign Policy convened Monday in Athens, and was informed by the Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Kotzias about the failed talks in Crans-Montana. Party representatives attending the session said after the meeting that they had little doubt about Turkey’s responsibility for the outcome.

They also stressed the fact that Greece has openly addressed the abolition of Turkey’s guarantees and intervention rights. This was a game changer, many noted, adding that Nicosia and Athens need now to capitalize on gains.

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