Stern response to Eide statement regarding Cyprus from Greek FM Kotzias

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Wednesday urged the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on the Cyprus issue Espen Barth Eide to “avoid adopting danger-mongering heralding violations of international law” as an argument for holding talks, in a stern response to the UN envoy’s earlier statements regarding the process.

Mediators should not talk too much, especially when dealing with problems that were delicate and difficult, nor adopt such threats by either side as an argument, Kotzias said.

“We hope for and support a solution of the Cyprus issue not because certain parties threaten us but, on the contrary, because a Cyprus solution will mean that they will not have the capability to issue threats,” Kotzias noted.

“I am of the opinion that the UN mediator for the Cyprus issue should not adopt danger-mongering heralding a violation of international law as an argument for holding talks,” he said. “The negotiations must take place because this is for the benefit of the entire Cypriot people. Because a good, creative conclusion will benefit both Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots, as well as the three small minorities on the island.”

Kotzias was responding to Eide’s comment that continuing talks on the Cyprus issue would be the “best medicine” for avoiding a tense incident in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), replying to questions after his meeting with visiting Croatian Deputy Premier Davor Ivo Stier.