Greece will do its part to terminate guarantees in Cyprus, says Katrougalos

Greece will do its part in order to terminate the unacceptable system of guarantees in Cyprus and will do everything possible for Turkish occupation troops to leave the island, said the Foreign Minister of Greece George Katrougalos.

Katrougalos, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus, met on Tuesday with the President of the House of Representatives, Demetris Syllouris, and said that the Cyprus problem is essentially about the violation of international law.

Welcoming Katrougalos to Nicosia, Syllouris referred to Turkish threats in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

I have personally no problem in conveying my assessment that with a Turkey like that, we can have neither progress and cooperation in the region, nor a Cyprus settlement, said the President of the House.

He also referred to the forthcoming trilateral meeting of the Presidents of the parliaments of Jordan, Greece and Cyprus, on April 15 as well as his official visit to Egypt, on April 20-12. Cooperation and synergies to enhance our common goals are essential, Syllouris concluded.

On his part Katrougalos referred to the brotherly relations between Cyprus and Greece adding that not only our interests coincide, but in essence we are one and this is how it is always going to be.

Speaking about the Cyprus issue, he said that the problem pertains to the violation of international law, and the occupation of part of the territory of a sovereign state by occupation troops.

He added that this is the way Greece in handling this matter and will do its part, in order to terminate the unacceptable system of guarantees. Moreover, he said that Athens will do everything possible for Turkish occupation troops to leave the island. This, he said, is the negotiation pertaining to the international aspect of the Cyprus issue.

Turning to Syllouris, the Greek Foreign Minister said that he is right to point out that the behavior of the other side leaves not much room for optimism, however our goal needs to be a Cyprus settlement, since accepting this unacceptable violation of international law is not possible.

Referring to the trilateral cooperation with other countries in the region, Katrougalos said this helped upgrade the international relations of Greece and Cyprus and further their interests, particularly their financial interests, in the best possible way. He also made special reference to the interests of the Republic of Cyprus in the region.

The Foreign Minister noted finally that Cyprus and Greece not only promote peace, but also uphold international law. This is our difference with other powers in the region he said and noted that the two democratic countries act as beacons of stability in the region something also recognized by the other great powers in the region.

Greece’s Foreign Minster then had a meeting with Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos during which they discussed the Cyprus problem and his forthcoming meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey.

He concluded his official visit in the island by laying a wreath in commemoration of all those who fell during the Turkish invasion of 1974 at the site of the Tomb of Makedonitissa, a military cemetery and war memorial.

Katrougalos was also shown around an airplane similar to the Noaratlas transport plane which was shot down by friendly fire in 1974 and a memorial dedicated to the mother of the missing.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency