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Leaders agree on policing of federal state

Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have achieved “significant progress” in several aspects of the Cyprus problem, including an agreement on matters of policing in the post-solution federal state, it emerged on Friday.

Speaking after his meeting with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, President Nicos Anastasiades said they had a productive discussion on the matters of effective participation and decision-making in the various committees, as well as the quotas.

The leaders also talked about the joint EU committee and the need for its efficient operation so that decisions relating to the state’s participation in the EU are made on time.

“The third are the issues relating to the composition and operation of the police at a federal and constituent state level,” Anastasiades said. “I must say there was an agreement.”

He said some individual aspects of the issues in question had been referred to the two sides’ negotiators in a bid to have a comprehensive agreement.

Anastasiades said it was too early to know when the leaders would travel abroad to discuss the aspect of territory.

“We still have many meetings in Cyprus. Where we are will transpire after that; whether new meetings are needed in November, so that we can be even more effective in the chapters we examine, and then decide when and how the discussion on territory will take place,” the president said.

Territory, along with property and security, are considered the thorniest aspects of the Cyprus problem and would be the hardest to resolve.

Anastasiades said there was interest from some UN Security Council members to assist on the security issue.

“I think any effort to intervene in a fully justified demand of the Greek Cypriot side that does not hurt the Turkish Cypriot in any way, is very useful,” he said.

One of the main sticking points are the guarantees, which the Greek Cypriot side opposes.

Anastasiades has proposed having a multinational police force, or a UN force with a strengthened mandate, to preempt and suppress risks that could emerge.

He said it was not justified to insist on the presence of the Turkish army, or guarantee rights or the intervention rights of a country that remained alone in claiming this.

Greece, Turkey, and Great Britain are all guarantor powers under the Zurich agreement, which established the Republic of Cyprus in 1960.

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.

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