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No role for Turkish guarantees after a settlement, spokesman says

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides

It is not possible for Turkey to a have a role in security and guarantees for a Cyprus settlement government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.

Explaining the Greek Cypriot position on Turkey`s future role with regards to security and guarantees, Christodoulides said: “It is not possible, in the framework of a Cyprus solution to have a role for Turkey in Cyprus”. He went on to say that a comprehensive settlement cannot provide for Turkish soldiers to stay in Cyprus or for unilateral guarantees on the part of Turkey.

“Our position is clear and has been conveyed by the President of the Republic” Christodoulides said.

Though the spokesman did not say it, the fact that there was a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, could only cement the Greek Cypriot side’s stance on the issue of guarantees.

The two leaders on Friday held their first discussions on territory, security and guarantees. The last time the issues were discussed at the negotiating table was in 2004. Friday`s meeting took place only in the presence of the leaders and their negotiators.

After a summer break, the leaders are expected to meet eight more times over the coming weeks, dedicating part of their discussions to these issues.

Anastasiades said on Friday, after his meeting with Akinci, that they had a creative meeting but they had a long way to go due to the outstanding differences. He also assured that they had the will to address the problems that raise concerns for both side.

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