Cyprus Mail

‘Cyprus problem one of international law’

Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos with Jane Holl Lute i New York

The Cyprus problem is an issue of international law and for this reason it is imperative that guarantees are abolished and that troops leave the island, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos said on Saturday after concluding his meetings in Washington.

Referring to the relations between Greece and Turkey, Katrougalos said that Greece does not aim to escalate tensions, for which it is not responsible, but favours Turkey’s “European prospects under the condition that the country will stop its provocative behaviour.”

Moreover, referring to the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, he said that “we emphasised the need for the EastMed gas pipeline which will be connecting Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy to exist not only as an economic project but also as a project that boosts the region’s stability as regards the energy sector and in general.”

While in the US, Katrougalos also had a meeting with the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Cyprus Jane Holl Lute.

Following the meeting with Lute, Katrougalos said the anachronistic system of guarantees in Cyprus can no longer be maintained. He also said that they reiterated with Lute their commitment to solve the Cyprus problem based on UN decisions.