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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-01-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Claims that Greece and Cyprus are at odds over the ongoing talks with the Turkish Cypriots lack seriousness
  • [02] FM Kotzias shoots down press reports blaming him for breakup of Cyprus talks

  • [01] Claims that Greece and Cyprus are at odds over the ongoing talks with the Turkish Cypriots lack seriousness

    Claims that Greece and Cyprus are at odds over the ongoing talks between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots lack seriousness and credibility, the prime minister's office said in a press release on Sunday.

    "Once again, press reports that present an alleged difference of opinion between Athens and Nicosia or interpret Greece's attitude as inflexible lack seriousness and credibility," it said.

    "The Greek prime minister is in close contact and supports the efforts of the President of the Cypriot Republic, for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus issue, based on UN Resolutions, without guarantees and occupying forces, for the benefit of all the people of Cyprus," it added.

    The statement also said Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is implementing successfully the strategy decided by the Greek government.

    [02] FM Kotzias shoots down press reports blaming him for breakup of Cyprus talks

    Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias sharply criticised foreign and Greek press reports on Sunday which blamed him for the breakup in Cyprus talks in Geneva saying that the Turkish side had interrupted the talks unexpectedly.

    Asked by the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) about reports published in the news website Politico, he said:

    "Those who are their master's voice, that is the Turks', logically believe that a success in Geneva would be if we gave in to the Turks. If we legitimised their intervention rights and their ability to occupy part of Cyprus. We have a different view. We believe that European and international law must be applied, Cyprus must be granted its sovereignty, Turkish Cypriots must be granted the maximum possible rights and the maximum sense of security to Greek Cypriots."

    The minister was speaking from Paris, where he is participating in the one-day international Middle East peace conference.

    He said those press reports contain a number of "distortions" in the events.

    "For example they say that we interrupted the process, because the technical staff will start next week. This is not true. Both the UN Secretary General and [Cypriot] President [Nikos] Anastasia's - as well as I - proposed continuing the Geneva Conference on Friday at a political level, as scheduled. It was very important to continue talks on a political level, because instructions had to be given on how the technical teams would work," he said and continued, "this is because the Turks, who abandoned the negotiation and left on Friday morning, said they had no time for consultations and asked for the technical staff to meet. But our answer was that the technical teams cannot convene without instructions."

    Kotzias also said that political consultations and the political content of the conference had been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, but were canceled by Turkey.

    "It's amazing that there are European, Greek other media which adopt [the views of] those who cancelled the agreed procedure in Geneva. There are some people who believe they can do anything they want and then blame those who insist on the agreements," he added.


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