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Foreign Minister: Greece calls on Ankara to show goodwill on the Cyprus issue

Foreign Minister: Greece calls on Ankara to show goodwill on the Cyprus issue

02.09.2015
Tags: Greece, Turkey, Politics, The Cyprus issue

Greece expresses its full support to the initiatives of President Anastadiadisa Nicosia on Cyprus settlement and urges Ankara to demonstrate good will. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, Evangelos Venizelos after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

Venizelos expressed hope that the Turkish Cypriot side will eventually demonstrate good will to reach an agreement on a joint declaration with the Greek Cypriots to resume negotiations on the Cyprus problem. Greek Minister expressed his full support to the initiatives of President of Cyprus, "which include proposals for confidence-building measures."

According to Venizelos, a joint declaration of Greek and Turkish Cypriots will be very important, because it "is not an information statement or formal, and lays the basis for negotiations." "The solution to the Cyprus problem should be institutionally compatible with EU rules and lead to the creation of inter-communal, bi-zonal federation," - said the Greek Minister, while explaining that "Greece does not recognize the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)."

Initiative of the President of Cyprus Nikos Anastadiadisa

Cyprus President sought at a recent meeting with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot sides issued a joint statement on the parameters of a settlement that would pave the way for the resumption of the negotiating process, which was suspended in May last year. The main point of the document is that the parties should reaffirm the principles of the Cyprus settlement enshrined in UN Security Council resolutions. They suggest that a reunited Cyprus must have a single sovereignty, a single international personality and a single citizenship.

Venizelos also said that the Greek government has accepted the proposal of the President of Cyprus to establish direct contact with the representative of Athens negotiator of the Turkish Cypriot community. "A similar meeting will be held between the negotiator and the Greek Cypriot side and the representative, who will appoint Ankara, - said the head of the Foreign Ministry. - These meetings will facilitate the negotiation process."

Position of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In turn, Davutoglu said that the Turkish Cypriot side was "sufficiently flexible" and is ready to negotiate with a view to achieve a solution to the Cyprus problem. Foreign Minister noted that "Turkey wants to see the will on the part of the Greek Cypriots that would show that they want negotiations that lead to a settlement." Turkish Minister expressed the view that "it is important to immediately start direct negotiations" as "lost too much precious time 2004 year."

Turkish foreign minister also said Turkey attaches great importance to the Greek EU Presidency in the first half of the year in 2014 regards Turkey's European prospects, saying that his "country is making great efforts [to achieve this]." "We believe and hope that the momentum given to Greece, and will continue to grow during her presidency," - said Davutoglu.

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