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Cypriot and Greek FMs discuss security aspect of Cyprus solution in Athens

The Cyprus problem and in particular the security aspect of a solution was the focus of a meeting, in Athens on Friday, between Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides also took part in the meeting during which a document prepared by Kotzias on the issue of security in a reunified Cyprus was discussed.

In a brief statement after the meeting Kasoulides described it as productive and spoke of a working meeting in the context of which the two sides worked on ideas which could be put forward in the ongoing UN led negotiations on the aspect of security.

A system must be in place which will make all Cypriot citizens feel equally secure, whether they are Greek Cypriots or Turkish Cypriots, he pointed out.
“In such a system there is certainly no room for Treaties of Guarantees nor for the presence of Turkish troops,” Kasoulides said.

He said the discussion was based on a document previously prepared by the Greek Foreign Minister and that the positions discussed are now ready to be put forward.

The Cypriot minister further noted that recent developments in Turkey were also discussed as well as their likely impact on Cyprus and Greece.

They exchanged points of view on regional developments and neighbouring countries in the context of tripartite partnerships Cyprus and Greece are a part of, he added.

On his part Kotzias reiterated Greece`s support for a just solution and expressed his assessment that substantial steps have been made towards that direction.

The Greek minister further pointed out that during the meeting they discussed how such a solution could be productive and democratically sound, that is to say how to abolish the anachronistic Treaty of Guarantees and to remove of Turkish occupying troops from the island.

An international conference which takes place in the Greek island of Rhodes between September 8 and 9, following an initiative of the Greek Foreign Minister, with the participation of 7 European and 7 Arabic states aiming to establish a greater stability and security structure in the Eastern Mediterranean was also discussed, he said. (CNA)

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