Turkish troops must leave Cyprus as part of solution: Greek FM



Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview to Greek media on Sunday, responded to the attacks against him following the collapse of the negotiations on the Cyprus issue in Switzerland, saying that Turkish troops must depart permanently from Cyprus for any meaningful solution to the divided island.

"Some want to create a rift between Cyprus and Greece and the easiest way is to undermine the Greek foreign policy.
"The bottom line is the definition of the Cyprus problem which is the occupation of northern Cyprus by the Turkish troops. Unless some consider 'solution' the handover and mean the Turkish occupation troops to remain on the island. Let's say it clearly. They charge me because they do not dare to say clearly that they support the legalisation and remaining of the illegal occupation Turkish troops on the island", said Kotzias.

He referred to the same forces that had sternly attacked him when he was appointed Foreign Minister "forces from abroad and from inside the country that do not want an independent multidimensional foreign policy", he said.

"What annoys them is that we can't support the position that Turkey can have guaranteed interventional rights in Cyprus or that Turkey can keep forever its troops on Cyprus". We insist that the troops must withdraw within a reasonable period and a clause to exist that will give a specific date of the final withdrawal.

Kotzias clarified that the Greek government was not involved in the five stages of the negotiation adding that he even refused to express his opinion to Cyprus' government.

"I was attacked when we refused to go to Switzerland to discuss the territorial issue" he explained and certified Greek government's intention for a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to examine if there are "any bridges and possibilities for an agreement'.

Finally, asked on Erdogan's provocative stance, Kotzias said that the Turkish president "has his eyes fixed on the Middle East and want to reach the oil of Mosul and to have some rights in the area". On Albania and its Prime Minister Edi Rama, Kotzias referred to the package of deliberations on the solution of the existing issues between Greece and Albania before the start of Albania's accession procedure to EU and expressed the hope the Albanians, in the next period, to meet more and better the conditions for their accession course.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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  1. I would just like to add that turkey is not occupying Cyprus turkey intervened in 1974 to stop the ethnic cleansing another Bosnia of the Turkish Cypriots on the island by the Greeks who started the war by trying to get rid of their then president makarios so they could have enosis union with Greece if the Turkish army leave will the Greek army do also as a guarantor turkey is there to protect the Turkish Cypriots who to this day do not feel safe they get attacked by the Greek Cypriots when visiting the southern side of the island peace should be for both communities the same rights the greek Cypriots say because they are. The majority they should more rights where is the justice in this civil wars have been fought for the rights of the minority two federal self governing states is the only solution