Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas yesterday appealed to Turkey to withdraw thousands of its troops from the Turkish occupied northern region of Cyprus during his first visit to the divided island in his new post.
Describing the Cyprus problem as: “Greece’s top foreign policy priority,” Droutsas called on Turkey: “to make the necessary moves that turn words into deeds.” “The Cyprus issue is one of invasion and occupation challenges. This we have not forgotten” Droutsas told reporters after talks with Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias.
The Minister said Turkey had an obligation to: “respond constructively” to proposals by Christofias, such as the return of the port of Famagusta to the Greek Cypriots. United Nations mediated talks between Christofias and hardline Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have not made significant progress.