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Turkish foreign ministry blames Kotzias for talks collapse

Picture tweeted by Greek Cypriot journalist Michalis Ignatiou, showing a picture of the smiling Greek FM, along with Cyprus’ government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, deputy Victoras Papadopoulos, and undersecretary to the President Vasilis Palmas

The Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias and the Greek Cypriot side were responsible for the collapse of the Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland, spokesman for the Turkish Foreign Ministry Huseyin Muftuoglu said in a statement on Saturday.

Citing “remarks shared by Kotzias on his Twitter account” on Friday, Muftuoglu said the Greek foreign minister “seems to have forgotten that he, with the attitude he displayed, was the one responsible for the conference’s lasting no more than a day in January”.

“Turkey attended the Conference on Cyprus with the goodwill and constructive attitude we had been displaying since the very beginning of the negotiation process,” Muftuoglu said.

“As to the answer to why the Conference on Cyprus failed to succeed, it can also be seen from the remarks shared by Greek Foreign Minister Mr Kotzias yesterday (7 July) on his Twitter account. The uncompromising and unconstructive attitude that underlies Minister Kotzias’ remarks was displayed throughout the entire Conference by the Greek Cypriot and Greek sides.”

The conference, he added, has demonstrated yet again that it will not be possible to reach a settlement in the absence of good faith and political will.

On Friday, Kotzias tweeted in Greek that “it wasn’t possible to accept Turkish intervention rights on the whole island. The dream and plan for a solution to the Cyprus problem remains alive”.

Also on Friday, Kotzias retweeted a post by Greek Cypriot journalist Michalis Ignatiou, showing a picture of the smiling Greek FM, along with Cyprus’ government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, deputy Victoras Papadopoulos, and undersecretary to the President Vasilis Palmas.

Ignatiou captioned the picture “Kotzias describes the collapse of the Cyprus talks”.

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