Foreign Min Kotzias: Geneva Talks for Cyprus Cannot Fail, ‘Can Only Be Postponed or Delayed’

Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Last Update: 11:02

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias ruled out on Wednesday the possibility of failure in the top-level talks on Cyprus which will be held in Geneva next week, saying they can only be delayed or postponed.

The minister was speaking to journalists after his two-hour meeting with the UN’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, in Athens.

“Even if negotiations need to halt at some point, this will not be a disaster but an element of the process in order to continue later…Talks can only be postponed or delayed. There’s a difference. Failure means a negotiation stops without any results,” Kotzias said.

“We have received assurances from the United Nations that this negotiation will be what we call in international debates ‘open-ended’ which means it will be a negotiation which, even if it stops, it will not be viewed as having collapsed, but that it can continue in the future with more preparation,” he added.

One way this could be done is if the three leaders propose that talks continue on an expert level, he continued. “But they may also agree from the first moment – but this remains to be seen.”

Source: ANA-MPA

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