The Cyprus issue was the focus of the meeting between Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and the UK Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan met at the UK Foreign Office on Thursday.
The two ministers discussed the future of the stalled Cyprus negotiations, the significance of an acceptable agreement for the Greek Cypriots on the issues of security in a reunified island and Turkey’s recent demand that Turkish nationals enjoy the four fundamental EU freedoms in Cyprus.
After the meeting, Kasoulides said the talks had been temporarily suspended. He explained to Sir Alan that “the temporary suspension was a storm in teacup and that the reasons were not reasons that would not allow the meetings to resume.”
“We also discussed the unthinkable burden on the talks suddenly imposed by this demand for the four fundamental freedoms for Turkish citizens. We are working for the benefit of the Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots; for a state of our own which will be working for the interests of our people. We feel no obligation whatsoever to seek ways of satisfying third parties’ interests,” he said.
Sir Alan Duncan tweeted that “with continued commitment and political will, an historic solution to the Cyprus problem is possible. Great talks with Cypriot FM Kasoulides.”