Crans Montana – Kotzias: I like the place and I will stay

Crans Montana – Kotzias: I like the place and I will stay

Without a set agenda and with the announcement of the UN Secretary-General as the only set card, the Conference on Cyprus in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, commenced today in a tourist resort at an altitude of over 1500 meters.

With dinner held by the Swiss Government on Tuesday evening, the consultations between the two communities and the guarantor countries began in essence under the auspices of both the UN and the EU as an observer.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu insisted on Turkey’s positions that it is there without set conditiions, that the issues are interrelated and that nothing has been agreed upon if all has not been agreed, noting that having so shaped his program he can remain until July 7th.

Nikos Kotzias on the sidelines of the dinner had meetings both with Espen Barth Eide where, according to information from diplomatic sources, he discussed the procedural issues of the conference, as well as Nikos Anastasiades with whom he discussed the coordination of the two delegations and the development of a common strategy.

Finally, the Greek Foreign Minister at a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson clarified Greek positions on the abolition of guarantees. On his side Boris Johnson expressed the will of Great Britain to play a bridging role./IBNA

Photos: IBNA/Spiros Sideris