When Turkey lifts its intervention/guarantee rights, Cyprus talks can resume, says Kasoulides

Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to resume talks for a solution to the Cyprus problem from the point that convergences were achieved but only when Turkey is willing to accept lifting its intervention and guarantee rights.

Kasoulides was speaking during an intervention at the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Monday in Brussels, where the EU Global Strategy, developments in North Korea, and Libya and the migration issue were discussed.

On the migration issue, the foreign ministers focused on the situation on the Central Mediterranean migration route. The EU’s foreign ministers also discussed the priorities of the EU’s Global Strategy for next year.

According to a Press and Information Office press release, during the discussion on Libya, Kasoulides welcomed all efforts by the international community to strengthen the dialogue, noting these efforts should take place in conjunction with the UN Special Representative on Libya, Ghassan Salame.

Kasoulides also informed his counterparts on the results of the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana in Switzerland earlier this month where he talked about the fundamental parametres which the UNSG Antonio Guterres had tabled, noting an agreement on these would have led to a solution.

One of the parametres, he explained, concerned guarantees and intervention rights which the SG had said were unsustainable. Unfortunately, said Kasoulides, Turkey did not allow the discussion of lifting the intervention/guarantees rights and wanted to discuss the issue after 15 years through a review clause. This led to a non-solution, he added.

On the future of the talks, Kasoulides made clear that the Greek Cypriot side is ready to resume the talks from the point of convergences achieved when Turkey is ready to accept lifting the intervention and guarantee rights to achieve an agreement on all the SG’s parametres in a procedure that will be under the framework of the SG’s good offices mission.

The 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