Turkish FM puts pressure on Greek side in Cyprus talks

Cavusoglu says Ankara cannot accept having 'zero troops' in Cyprus

Turkish FM puts pressure on Greek side in Cyprus talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday criticized Greek Cypriots for not showing "good intentions and flexibility" in reunification talks taking place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana.

"If there is to be a solution, we should decide this week, because this is the last conference," Cavusoglu told reporters after a meeting in Crans-Montana, Switzerland with representatives from the Turkish and Greek Cypriot sides and those from the other two guarantor countries, Greece and the U.K.

"We have shown good intentions and flexibility but, this should get a response. Unfortunately, we could not see any positive response from the other side. We also saw that some confidential documents were leaked despite promises," Cavusoglu said.

Cavusoglu said Ankara could not accept having “zero troops” in Cyprus.

He also addressed remarks made earlier in the day by Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades who said: "Turkey should get in line."

"This is an arrogant comment," said Cavusoglu. "What does 'Turkey should get in line' mean? Turkey has from the beginning acted within the framework that the UN secretary general has determined. Those who have put forward nonsense proposals from the beginning [...] do not have the right to say 'Turkey should get in line'."

Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci added: "The Turkish Cypriot side as well as the Turkish side follow the parameters that have been set by the secretary general and we are working hard along those lines, and we hope that the coming few days will be productive."

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