Nikos Anastasiadis and Nikos Christodoulidis will be in Paris next week and will also participate in the summit on Libya organized by France. The participation of Cyprus, but also of Greece, puts pressure on Turkey, which had warned the French side that it will not participate in case these two countries are invited, as well as Israel.
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Answering a relevant question of “F”, after the last statements of Erdogan, both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Government Spokesman told us that Cyprus will be present in Paris. Nicosia has every reason to be pleased with the invitation it has received from France for this summit, as it is in fact a reward for the foreign policy pursued in recent years. On the other hand, it seems that this development and the fact that France has chosen to invite Cyprus, Greece and Israel to this conference, are actions that have greatly annoyed Turkey. That is why in the next 24 hours the corresponding reactions from the Turkish side are expected. On whether Recep Tayyip Erdogan will eventually carry out his threat and be absent or whether he will eventually make other choices.
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The summit on Libya is scheduled for November 12. The previous day, an international peace forum will be held in which Cyprus will also participate. Speaking to RIK, the government spokesman said that it was important for Cyprus to participate in the summit on Libya.
As “F” wrote yesterday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, returning from Rome and his contacts on the sidelines of the G20, had referred to the topic of the conference on Libya. According to the Ankara Anatolia news agency, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will not attend a conference on Libya in Paris if Greece, the Republic of Cyprus and Israel attend.
Asked about the climate of his meetings with French President Emanuel Macron and his assessments of the issues discussed, Erdogan said there were 5-6 key issues in their meetings and noted that Libya was at the center of those issues.
“[Macron] wants to hold a similar Berlin Conference on Libya in Paris […] He urges us to go there as co-chairs. I said that we had already held this conference in Berlin “, he said and stressed that he told Macron that Turkey can not participate in a conference in which Greece, the Republic of Cyprus and Israel will participate.
Given that these three countries – as everything shows – will be in Paris in a week to participate in the international conferences convened by France, the focus is on Erdogan. A reaction from the Turkish President should be expected as to whether he will eventually accept the invitation and even go with the participation of the three countries, or whether he will try to block the meeting. A distraction move by the Turkish side is not ruled out.
The leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Ersin Tatar, in his new statements (source of GTP) reiterated that the Turkish guarantees of both sovereign equal states are out of the question.
In a statement, Tatar said that they are trying to explain to the world the policy of the two states and that this policy is based on the right of sovereignty. “Everyone knows that there are two separate peoples in Cyprus,” said the Turkish leader. He reiterated his view that two sovereign equal states and Turkey's guarantees are out of the question, concluding: “Without Turkey 's guarantees, we can not look to the future with confidence within the European Union.”