Turkish positions in Switzerland don’t lead to a “normal state”, Cypriot MP tells COSAC

Cypriot MP Nicos Tornaritis briefed the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of the Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) over the latest developments in settlement talks, in Switzerland, noting that Turkish positions were in complete contrast to the notion of a normal state.

According to an official announcement, the Deputy President of the House Foreign and European Affairs Committee, said in the meeting, in Tallinn that negotiations were completed without a result.

The responsibility for the impasse lies with the Turkish side, which insisted on maintaining the 1960 Treaty of Guarantees, its intervention rights and the presence of Turkish troops, Tornaritis added.

During the meeting, the Cypriot MP also described the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Israel for the exchange of expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation, especially in start-ups.

The COSAC meeting is being held in the framework of Estonia’s rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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