Cyprus Conference continues without a breakthrough
Talks taking place in Switzerland in an attempt to come to a successful conclusion regarding the Cyprus issue have somewhat stalled. The latest stumbling block is the critical demand of Greece and Greek Cypriots for Turkish troops to withdraw from the island to be included in any agreement. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the demand as a ‘non-starter’. ‘We want to retain rights of intervention so we can use them’, he is reported to have said.
Despite the apparent setback, Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias remained insistent that the demand will remain saying, ‘I think that the Turks are very nervous and we are very determined’.
Among other possibilities being discussed is a friendship treaty proposed by Athens to be signed by Greece, Cyprus and Turkey to deal with issues such as migration.