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Foreign Minister says Turkey’s intentions not clear

Foregin Minister Ioannis Kasoulides signing the Minimate Convention

Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has said that it was still unclear whether Turkey was willing to accept a solution to the Cyprus problem which would also be acceptable by the Greek Cypriot side, noting however that it was clear that efforts would be made.

Speaking after meetings in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Kasoulides said that for the United States a solution of the Cyprus problem was a priority issue, in combination with the other developments in the region, where Cyprus has proven that it is a factor of stability, and was of geostrategic importance for peace.

Referring to his meetings, Kasoulides said the United States would be working towards a solution and would strengthen the UN role in efforts in that direction.

Asked about US Secretary of State John Kerry`s intention to visit the region, Kasoulides said he understood the US official would do so when the conditions were conductive to a settlement.

Kasoulides also said Turkey wanted to turn to the EU once again and knew that one of the obstacles was the pending Cyprus issue.

So far, Kasoulides has attended meetings with the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades with the US Secretary of State, Greek Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and hosted a lunch with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as bilateral meetings with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, British Foriegn Secretary Philip Hammond and Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov.

He also held meetings with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Georgia, Argentina, Angola, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Malaysia, the US Assistant Secretary of State, and the General Secretaries of the Commonwealth and the Organisation for the Islamic Conference.

The main issues discussed were the Cyprus issue, international developments, bilateral relations, candidacies in international organisations, the reform of the Commonwealth, and the UN Development Agenda after 2015.

He also attended the Euroatlantic dinner hosted by the US Secretary of State, the meeting of EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs to prepare a joint position for the UN General Assembly, and the international meeting of the International Peace Institute on issues of the Near and Middle East.

Furthermore, Kasoulides was a guest of the American Jewish Committee, where he spoke about terrorism and the threats faced by the region of the Eastern Mediterranean, and signed the Minamata Convention on mercury.


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