Turkey’s responsibility over collapse of Crans-Montana talks “so obvious”, says Greek FM

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Monday that it is so obvious that Turkey bears the responsibility for last week’s collapse of settlement talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. According to Kotzias, Turkish demands put forward during talks in the Swiss resort turned against democracy, our political culture and the international law.

After a meeting, in Athens, with his Serb counterpart and Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, Kotzias was asked by reporters to comment on Turkey’s blame game regarding the talks in Switzerland, that ended inconclusively last week.

In his reply, the Foreign Minister of Greece said: To be concrete, what did the Turks expect? Greece to agree to hang on the tank gun invading Cyprus the agreement bearing the signature of Greece, that would enable them to invade whenever they like in Cyprus?.

Kotzias also said that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu pretended to be ready for compromise in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, but when the SG decided to put in writing the alleged compromise then Turkey confessed mocking us for five days and said that it cannot or it does not want to or does not intend to proceed with this compromise.

Greece’s Foreign Minister was referring to the discussion on security and guarantees that, according to media reports, took place during the final hours of the Conference on Cyprus, on the night of July 6 and the early hours of July 7, before it was announced that that the Conference ended without any result.

I told this [to Cavusoglu] and he became a little angry but he must understand Kotzias went on. They wanted the military that planed the coup in Turkey, whose head of occupying troops was arrested in the occupied part [of Cyprus] as a coup plotter together with ten senior officials, this army of coup plotters they wanted to guarantee the Republic and the coexistence of the two communities in Cyprus? he wondered.

He said finally that he told his Turkish counterpart that their ideas outdo and wreck Western enlightenment traditions, as well as Western political culture.

After his statements, the Foreign Minister of Greece was scheduled to attend an extraordinary meeting of the National Council for Foreign Policy, where he was expected to inform party representatives over last week’s developments in the Swiss resort.

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