Davutoglu comment on talks fails to move Nicosia

The Cypriot government on Tuesday shrugged off what it described as a Turkish attempt to create tension in relations between Athens and Nicosia, emphasizing that the two allies were perfectly in line on the issue of the island’s offshore hydrocarbon resources.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides was reacting to comments by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after his official visit to Athens over the weekend where he suggested that Turkey and Greece had reached an understanding on how to tackle the issue.

“We have received an official briefing from Athens, we know what was discussed, we know what positions were communicated to Turkey,” Christodoulides said. “They are the positions of the Republic of Cyprus, which Athens fully endorses,” he added.