Foreign ministry denies existence of proposal by Turkish FM to Droutsas for joint visit to occupied territory in Cyprus

The Foreign ministry categorically denied a statement by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to the Turkish newspaper "Zaman" that he has made a proposal to his Greek counterpart Dimitris Droutsas to visit occupied territory in Cyprus together and that the proposal "is meeting with a response on the Greek side."
Foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras clarified that "such a proposal has never been made in any way by the Turkish side to Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, consequently it is not possible for there to have been a response, either positive or negative on it, as is mentioned in the report."

The spokesman further noted that the self-evident precondition for such a visit would be the withdrawal of Turkish occupation forces whose presence, as the international community is aware of, is the essence of the problem of Cyprus and that only if the Turkish occupation forces withdraw will a solution to the problem become possible for the benefit of all Cypriots.

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