Cyprus Dispute: Tsipras Not Open to Visit Cyprus with PM of Turkey

It looks like a joint visit to Cyprus by the prime ministers of Greece and Turkey will not be happening in the near future.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had proposed a joint visit to Cyprus with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, according to the Athens – Macedonian News Agency.

His Greek counterpart however, was not very receptive of the idea according to Cypriot government spokesperson, Nikos Christodoulakis. In response to Davutoglu’s initiative, Tsipras noted that the Cyprus problem should be resolved before the two countries’ leaders visit Cyprus, according to Christodoulakis, ANA-MPA reports.

The Cypriot government spokesperson added that Cyprus wants Turkey to leave its verbal proclamations behind and to engage in concrete actions that demonstrate the country’s commitment to the resolution of the dispute.

Tispras and Davutoglu most recently met in late September in New York during the United Nations General Assembly annual General Debate. Among the topics of their discussion was the Cyprus problem.

Negotiations between Turkey and Cyprus were renewed on May 15, 2015 after a United Nations initiative, as peace talks are being used to ease the deadlock between the two entities that has existed on the island since 1974.