Droutsas – Davutoglu discuss Cyprus issue
Nicosia, Apr 8 – The Cyprus problem is not a bilateral issue that concerns Greece and Turkey but an international problem of invasion and occupation, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas stressed.
Speaking at a press conference in Ankara after meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Mr. Droutsas underlined that Greece supports the ongoing negotiations in Cyprus under the auspices of UN.
“For us, the solution must come from the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots themselves. They must share their common future in Cyprus and for that they must be allowed to negotiate freely,” he stressed. Cyprus is an EU member and will remain such after a settlement is achieved, Mr. Droutsas said, adding that “President Christofias handles negotiations in a constructive way and we trust him.” In statements to the Greek media, he added that “Greco-Turkish relations cannot be normalized unless there is a political settlement in Cyprus, and everybody knows that, and this is why it is useful to exchange views with Turkey.” After their meeting Foreign Minister Davutoglu stated that Ankara supports a fair, viable, functional and lasting solution in the Cyprus problem. He referred to a vision which relies on mutual interests, saying that Turkey desires zero problems with its neighbors.