Turkish foreign minister rejects suggests Ankara to blame for collapse of Swiss-based peace talks last week

Greek Cypriot statements blaming Turkey for the breakdown in Switzerland-based Cyprus talks last week were “wrong and shallow,” Ankara’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.

UN chief to meet Cyprus leaders in New York
Mevlut Cavusoglu was in the Ivory Coast, attending a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades has suggested Turkey is to blame for the talks’ failure.

However, Cavusoglu -- who had attended the Switzerland negotiations -- said Anastasiades’s comments had been aimed at domestic politics.

He also said negotiations did not mean accepting “every request” tabled by the other side: “If we are requested [to accept] something nonsense, we will of course refuse.”

The UN had sought a peace deal to unite Cyprus under a federal umbrella which could also define the future of Europe's relations with Turkey, a key player in the conflict.

The Eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the island's Turks, and Ankara's intervention as a guarantor power.