BERLIN: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was “extremely surprised” by the latest actions of Turkey after successfully bringing the contradictions between Turkey and Greece onto the path of diplomacy.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ersin Tatar on 6 October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the opening of the Varosha embankment. This is a tourist quarter at the southeast coast of Cyprus, which has been closed to the public since 1974 after the occupation of part of Cyprus by Turkish troops and the partition of the island. Varosha is protected by a 1984 UN Security Council resolution.
“I believe that over the past weeks and months we have jointly managed to bring the contradictions between Turkey and Greece onto the path of diplomacy. I am very glad that with the significant help of the Greek prime minister, some time ago we managed to announce the need for direct talks”, Maas said at a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens.