Kotzias, Anastasiades Discuss Proposals to Continue talks on Cyprus Issue

Αssociated Press

FILE- Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, left, shakes hands with Espen Barth Eide before their meeting to discuss the progress of Cyprus Peace Talks in Athens, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

NICOSIA (ANA/A. Viketos) - Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades discussed the latter’s proposals to push Cyprus talks forward and create conditions for a new conference, the minister said on Thursday.

“[We discussed] how we can find the best way to promote a solution to the Cyprus issue, in relation to its external aspect, which relates to the status Greece has under international law,” Kotzias said after a meeting with Anastasiades in Nicosia, adding the president’s proposals “are of great interesting”.

On his side, Anastasiades said the Turkish side avoids discussing “essential issues which in fact relate to Turkey's will." Thus it becomes obvious that "they do not want to make a step forward on this where they themselves could play a role in solving the Cyprus problem". He also said Ankara and the Turkish Cypriot leadership did not want to touch upon the issue of guarantees so they can blame the interruption in the talks on him, because of the elections.

Kotzias later attended a formal dinner offered by Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.