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Greek FM blames Turkey for the collapse of talks

The Greek Foreign Ministry issued a statement with which it accuses Turkey for the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana. “As they abandoned the first Geneva Conference, they also blew up the second one” reads the announcement which is under the title “International Conference on Cyprus: Hard truths”.

The Greek Foreign Ministry says that Turkish intentions were made clear when the UN Secretary General offered to write down the convergences between the two sides.

The aim of the UNSG, reads the announcement, was to create an agreement framework, “but this was not possible, as at the critical moment Turkey did not permit the UNSG to write down a series of promises they had made to the Secretary General”.

Turkey, according to the announcement, refused to accept the abolishment of the intervention rights, something they had earlier implied that they would accept.

“The Turkish side, during the dinner on 6 July, revealed that they wish to continue the violations in the name of the Guarantee Treaty, and obtain the continuation of their military presence in Cyprus”, reads the announcement.

The announcement continues to accuse Turkey of trying to deceive the UNSG. “After the revealing developments the UNSG was forced to announce, without any delay, the end of the Conference” says the Greek Foreign Ministry.

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The announcement notes that Greece went to the Conference in Crans Montana determined to contribute to in all possible manners to the solution of the Cyprus Problem, hoping that all sides what do the same.

“Greece will continue to work with all the means at its disposal, for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus Problem in close cooperation with the Cyprus Republic, the UN and the EU. Greece calls on all sides to exhibit responsibility and respect towards international law and to show constraint”.


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