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Guarantees not required as part of settlement-Greek FM

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias File photo

Greek Foreign Minsiter Nicos Kotzias reiterated on Tuesday that guarantor powers were no longer required as part of any agreement to reunify the island.

Speaking after a meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek diplomat said people looked at him strangely when he raised the matter a few months ago after so many decades.

“Today, it is considered an issue that must be discussed,” he said. “Many international forces have accepted the view we also have … and I think this fact cannot leave Turkey unmoved.”

Kotzias said his feeling was that Turkey took into consideration the international environment as regards the issue of guarantees, which had changed since he raised the matter for the first time.

Greece, Turkey, and Great Britain are all guarantor powers under the Zurich agreement, which established the Republic of Cyprus.

The Treaty of Guarantee was used by Turkey to invade and divide the island in July 1974. It still occupies some 37 per cent of the territory.

Kotzias said the Greek Cypriot side had the will, potential, and ability to fight for a fair settlement of the Cyprus problem “and it has our full support.”

Of the international community, the Greek foreign minister said some supported the procedure, some were in a hurry, and some just watched.


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