Athens hits out at UN me­di­a­tor

For­eign Min­istry sug­gests Eide fa­vored Turkey in failed Cyprus peace talks

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Greece’s For­eign Min­istry hit out yes­ter­day at the United Na­tions spe­cial en­voy for the Cyprus is­sue, Espen Barth Eide, after tak­ing um­brage at com­ments which sug­gested that Ni­cosia and Athens had not ac­cepted a pro­posal by Turkey that would have led to the grad­ual with­drawal of troops from the is­land.

“It ap­pears that Mr Eide is mak­ing state­ments as some­one who in­tends to re­sign from the post of UN me­di­a­tor in fa­vor of tak­ing up what would ap­par­ently be the more sat­is­fac­tory po­si­tion of spokesper­son for the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment,” the Greek For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment.

Al­though Eide in­sisted in an in­ter­view with the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) on Satur­day that there had been a “col­lec­tive fail­ure” in the Swiss re­sort of Crans-Mon­tana, where the last round of the re­uni­fi­ca­tion talks took place, he also sug­gested there had been a gen­uine of­fer from Ankara to dis­cuss a for­mula for troop with­drawal and an end to guar­an­tees.

Ni­cosia and Athens in­di­cated that Turk­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Mev­lut Cavu­soglu was not will­ing to com­mit to this in writ­ing, prompt- ing the talks’ col­lapse. Eide, though, sug­gest oth­er­wise.

“Out of the var­i­ous bi­lat­er­als we saw the pos­si­bil­ity of ar­riv­ing that night at the fi­nal to­tal pack­age,” he told CNA.

Athens in­di­cated Cavu­soglu was not ready to ac­cept an end to the rights of in­ter­ven­tion and the Treaty of Guar­an­tees from the first day any deal would be im­ple­mented.

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