Turkey Calls Greek FM’s Comments on Cyprus Talks ‘Unacceptable’

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Last Update: 13:31

Turkey reacted strongly to a statement made by Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias regarding the recent failed peace talks between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides in Switzerland.

Kotzias’ statements that “Turkey wants to be able to intervene in an independent state” and that Turkey showed an “uncompromising attitude” has led to an aggressive statement by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.

In a written statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu said that, “Those who know that their approach is not constructive and wholly devoid of the spirit of compromise are prone to voicing baseless and untrue allegations, in order to blame those who display good faith and constructiveness.”

And the statement continues: “As the one responsible for the inability of the Conference on Cyprus to produce results either in Geneva or in Crans-Montana, Greek Foreign Minister Mr. Kotzias’ useless efforts to blame Turkey are actually an attempt to disguise the fact that the negotiations failed because of the lack of good faith and political will on the part of his country and the Greek Cypriot side.”

“We invite Minister Kotzias, who exerted no effort whatsoever towards a positive conclusion of the conference, to at least act responsibly from now on,” the statement continues.

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