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Kotzias: Cavusoglu seems to follow me around

Greece’s Foreign Minister suggested that his Turkish counterpart seems to follow him around. Both Nicos Kotzias and Mevlut Cavusoglu are scheduled to visit Cyprus on Tuesday, the southern and northern part respectively

Kotzias will attend a National Council meeting to discuss the negotiations’ next steps after the collapse of talks at the Swis Alpine resort of Crans-Montana.

Asked by reporters in Brussels to commend on both Ministers visiting Cyprus the same day, Kotzias said of Cavusoglu: “He found out I’m visiting Cyprus and he decided to do the same thing.

“He continues to follow me…that’s not a bad thing as long as he has the same goals,” said Kotzias.

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Earlier, in an interview to media platform Euractive, Kotzias said the European Union should take a clearer stance over Turkey’s demand for intervention rights in a member state such as Cyprus.

The Union should also take a clearer stance on the issue of Turkey occupying of part of Cyprus, he added.

Kotzias, who headed the Greek delegation at the UN-brokered Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, earlier this month, said he would not describe the high-level efforts as “failed”.

“I would say it did not have the results we all expected (…) From our point of view, some important steps were taken,” he said.

“Most importantly, the issue of security and guarantees has finally been put on the agenda of the negotiations,” he pointed out.

“The next time we go to discussions, we should start with guarantees and security. This is the difficult problem. The other issues follow,” he said.

On what could have been done better in the inter-communal negotiations thus far, Kotzias said the Republic of Cyprus should “more intensively include the Turkish Cypriots to those who suffered – just like the Greek Cypriot refugees – from the presence of the Turkish army”.

On his trip to Cyprus to attend a National Council session on Tuesday, Kotzias said the agenda is to discuss with the Cypriot government “how we can help prepare a better round of negotiations on the Cyprus issue, because I sincerely believe that the preparation was not adequate”.

“No substantive discussions on the matter took place beforehand,” he said.

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