Sunday, 28 April 2013
No Cyprus settlement talks before October
Above is the interview Ioannis Kasoulides gave this week to the BBC HARDtalk programme, in which Cyprus’ foreign minister talks about the ‘bitterness and disappointment’ Cypriots feel at the way they’ve been treated by their European ‘partners’. Kasoulides also discusses Turkey’s demand that the UN negotiations aimed at a Cyprus settlement be immediately resumed. Kasoulides makes clear that Turkey’s offer is malicious, designed to exploit Cyprus’ current weakness, and insists that no serious negotiations are possible before the Cypriot government stabilises the economic situation, which probably won’t be until October. Kasoulides also asserts, despite Turkey's protestations, Cyprus' sovereign right to explore and exploit the hydrocarbon reserves within its Exclusive Economic Zone.