Tsipras pours cold water on Cyprus talks

There are no grounds for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday.

In an interview with the ‘Reporters’ Journal’ Tsipras said he was basing his argument on the results of the UN-hosted Conference on Cyprus in Geneva earlier in January, and on the meeting s of the technical teams that were held in the following week, in Mont Pelerin, Switzerland.

Also participating at the conference which focused on security and guarantees for a reunited federal Cyprus were the island’s guarantors – Turkey, Greek and the UK.

There is no ground for a solution right now…But if we get to see a change of stand then we are willing to go back to the negotiating table, without jeopardising our principles and without fear,” Tsipras said.

Our positions on the Cyprus problem were crystal clear from day one, (and) undoubtedly always in coordination with those of the Cyprus Republic.”

Those were, he said, focused on negotiations aiming towards a fair and viable solution based on UN resolutions and in the context of the Cyprus Republic being an EU member.

Additionally, aiming for the abolition of the anachronistic system of foreign guarantees and the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from the island.

Cyprus Weekly

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