Cyprus for­eign min­is­ter in­sists talks haven’t col­lapsed

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Cyprus For­eign Min­is­ter Ioan­nis Ka­soulides in­sisted yes­ter­day that re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks with Turk­ish Cypri­ots “have not col­lapsed.”

Ad­dress­ing the Par­lia­men­tary Assem­bly of the Coun­cil of Europe in Ni­cosia yes­ter­day, Ka­soulides clar­i­fied, how­ever, that a mul­ti­party sum­mit can­not go ahead un­less Greek and Turk­ish Cypri­ots agree on the fun­da­men­tal is­sues of ter­ri­tory and prop­erty.

He said that the Turk­ish side wants a multi-party sum­mit that doesn’t solve these is­sues but rather bags them to­gether with the is­sues of se­cu­rity which con­cern a third party, Turkey, “but not what we want.”

Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades will meet with UN Spe­cial Ad­viser Espen Barth Eide on Mon­day and Bri­tish For­eign Min­is­ter Boris John­son on Tues­day.

Mean­while, Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu said there is scope for a re­sump­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tions “that will bear fruit,” pos­si­bly by the end of the year.

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