Cyprus’ peace talks are not going to go forward as long as the Greek Cypriot side continues to demand what are considered unacceptable “conditions,” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday.
One of the main issues that Greek Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades has insisted must first be dealt with before the Cyprus Talks can go forward is guarantees on security for the divided island. Anastasiades has said that the issue of the withdrawal of more than 35,000 Turkish troops from the military occupied northern third of the island must be ratified and that an international police force oversee post-reunification security.
“If you’re talking about zero troops and zero guarantees, then there’s nothing left to talk about,” Cavusoglu told reporters after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, the AP reported.
He also added that the Geneva summit must take place to gauge whether or not the peace talks have any hopes of going forward, saying “this is the last window of opportunity.”