Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, stated that during the meeting he had in Athens with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras, he said that the two leaders in Cyprus must come to an agreement on some issues in the forthcoming meeting in Cyprus Conference in Switzerland.
“To be honest, there is doubt that the necessary conditions will be created for the participation of the Prime Ministers of the guarantor countries Greece and Turkey at the conference. There is a question on this issue, for us and for them as well. The Cypriot leaders must agree on some issues. We do not agree with the approach that security and guarantees must be discussed first and the other issues must be discussed separately. The solution must be comprehensive. These issues must be discussed as a package and the issues of governance, territory, population, the relation of the EU and the issue of freedom, including guarantees must be solved”, he said, adding that there are doubts that all these can be done in such a short period of time.
“But they will try”, he said, adding that he will continue his dialogue with Tsipras and they will exert the necessary efforts to contribute to a solution.
Asked if there will be a “red line” between Athens and Ankara, Yildirim said that a similar mechanism will be created and that the two Prime Ministers see positively the issue of creating political will and intervention at a higher level in case developments occur.