South Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (photo left) has said that Turkey is ready to discuss security issues after a solution to the Cyprus problem. These could take place after the presidential elections in the south and the parliamentary election in the north, he said.
Kasoulides had been briefed by Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias in Athens on Tuesday regarding his recent visit with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (photo right).
“They said (Turkey) they are ready to discuss the security issues with Greece,” Kasoulides said. “It is what (Greek Prime Minister Alexis) Mr. Tsipras wanted before Crans-Montana and it never happened then, which would have helped a lot.”
The minister clarified that Ankara meant discussions could be held after the elections on the island.
The latest round of reunification talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana took place between June 28 and July 6 but again ended in deadlock over disagreements on security and guarantees.
Both sides have since blamed each other for the collapse.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted within minutes of the collapse that “unfortunately” the Greek Cypriots’ ‘zero guarantees, zero army’ red line could not be overcome.