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UK partly to blame for failure of Cyprus talks – Kotzias

18 September 2017

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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has accused the UK of helping to undermine a UN initiative to help the progress of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in July.

Following a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters, Kotzias said a crucial document submitted by the UN on the final evening of the peace talks in Crans-Montana had only been discussed by himself and the Greek Cypriot side.

The only document submitted during the negotiations on the last evening, regarding the framework in which the decisions would be implemented, was from the UN and had to do with abolition of the treaty of guarantees and intervention rights.”

Unfortunately, this text on that evening, with the exception of myself and partly Cyprus, was not discussed by the other sides. The British also sabotaged it in some way,” he said.

Turkey was represented by its Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and the UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan had been representing the British government at the Cyprus Conference in Crans-Montana.

Cypriot community leaders Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci had been leading the negotiations.

The text submitted by Guterres was “a good foundation to continue our talks,” adding that it was a success of Greek diplomacy that the concept of “open ended” talks was accepted, and that talks would continue, as long as the two sides wanted this.

At this moment in time, one side does not seem willing to enter substantive talks, which it also avoided in Crans-Montana. It is our obligation to help, to contribute to the solution of the Cyprus issue to the benefit of Cyprus’ population.”

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