Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides sought to clarify on Thursday that the Greek Cypriot side only opposed maintaining Turkish troops and Turkish guarantees after a solution, and was not pushing for zero troops and guarantees, as was being suggested by the other side.
“Our position is zero Turkish troops and zero Turkish guarantees,” he said in a lunchtime interview with state broadcaster CyBC.
He added that the Greek Cypriot side would not oppose UN or EU guarantees.
The foreign minister said the Greek Cypriots wanted a timeframe for the gradual withdrawal of Turkish troops aside of UNFICYP staying for a few years post-solution and a multinational police force.
“Our position is zero Turkish troops not zero troops,” he said. “Let us not fall into the trap of Turkish propaganda.”