Greek FM stresses need to abolish obsolete system of guarantees after meeting with Cavusoglu

Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos has stressed the need to abolish the obsolete system of guarantees in Cyprus and for the occupation army to withdraw from the island.

Katrougkalos discussed on Thursday in Antalya, Turkey, the Cyprus problem, with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with whom he will continue his discussion on April 12 in Greece. During that meeting we will listen to the positions of the Turkish side and we will proceed step by step, the Greek FM said after their meeting, noting that on April 12 they will determine the agenda on Cyprus.

He went on to say that the two countries (which on the basis of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee are, along with the UK, the guarantor powers for Cyprus) are discussing the international aspect of the Cyprus issue, stressing that the aim is to abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and for the army to withdraw from the island.

On his part, Cavusoglu said that the system of guarantees is not anachronistic and that the guarantees of Turkey are necessary more than ever before since unilateral drillings have started in the Mediterranean, noting that Turkish Cypriots have rights as regards the resources around Cyprus. He reiterated the Turkish position that negotiations on the Cyprus problem cannot continue from the point they were left in Crans Montana, where the Conference on Cyprus was unsuccessful.

Responding to Cavusoglu’s comments, Katrougkalos said that guarantees give a unilateral right and must therefore be revised. Moreover, he noted that this is the first time that the international dimension of the Cyprus problem was put forward on the table of the discussions, while referring to the energy issue he noted that each country has rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone on the basis of the international law.

Moreover, he said that Greece has defended Cyprus’ right to manage the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone to the benefit of both communities of the island, adding that relations are determined by the Law of the Sea. Katrougkalos noted that the position of Greece is that sovereign rights in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone concern both communities, recalling that the Cyprus House has adopted a legislation establishing a National Investments Fund which will manage future capital income from hydrocarbon reserves within Cyprus’ EEZ.

Referring to their meeting on April 12, Katrougkalos said that they will discuss about Confidence Building Measures, while they will also look into where the two sides stand as regards the Cyprus problem. The Greek FM underlined that the Cyprus problem is an issue related to the implementation of the international law and that Greece is focusing solely on the international aspect of the problem. Moreover, he noted that the issue of governance is a matter to be discussed between the two communities.

He said that the aim of their next meeting is not to negotiate on these issues, but to listen to the other side, what its positions are. We agreed to proceed step by step, to listen to the existing ideas about which could be the mechanism that could replace the guarantee system � if we presume that all the other internal aspects of the problem will be solved, he noted.

Moreover the Greek FM said that the progress achieved during the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, where the international dimension of the Cyprus problem was put forward on the table, must be taken into consideration.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Greek FM stresses need to abolish obsolete system of guarantees after meeting with Cavusoglu

Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougkalos has stressed the need to abolish the obsolete system of guarantees in Cyprus and for the occupation army to withdraw from the island.

Katrougkalos discussed on Thursday in Antalya, Turkey, the Cyprus problem, with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, with whom he will continue his discussion on April 12 in Greece. During that meeting we will listen to the positions of the Turkish side and we will proceed step by step, the Greek FM said after their meeting, noting that on April 12 they will determine the agenda on Cyprus.

He went on to say that the two countries (which on the basis of the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee are, along with the UK, the guarantor powers for Cyprus) are discussing the international aspect of the Cyprus issue, stressing that the aim is to abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and for the army to withdraw from the island.

On his part, Cavusoglu said that the system of guarantees is not anachronistic and that the guarantees of Turkey are necessary more than ever before since unilateral drillings have started in the Mediterranean, noting that Turkish Cypriots have rights as regards the resources around Cyprus. He reiterated the Turkish position that negotiations on the Cyprus problem cannot continue from the point they were left in Crans Montana, where the Conference on Cyprus was unsuccessful.

Responding to Cavusoglu’s comments, Katrougkalos said that guarantees give a unilateral right and must therefore be revised. Moreover, he noted that this is the first time that the international dimension of the Cyprus problem was put forward on the table of the discussions, while referring to the energy issue he noted that each country has rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone on the basis of the international law.

Moreover, he said that Greece has defended Cyprus’ right to manage the resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone to the benefit of both communities of the island, adding that relations are determined by the Law of the Sea. Katrougkalos noted that the position of Greece is that sovereign rights in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone concern both communities, recalling that the Cyprus House has adopted a legislation establishing a National Investments Fund which will manage future capital income from hydrocarbon reserves within Cyprus’ EEZ.

Referring to their meeting on April 12, Katrougkalos said that they will discuss about Confidence Building Measures, while they will also look into where the two sides stand as regards the Cyprus problem. The Greek FM underlined that the Cyprus problem is an issue related to the implementation of the international law and that Greece is focusing solely on the international aspect of the problem. Moreover, he noted that the issue of governance is a matter to be discussed between the two communities.

He said that the aim of their next meeting is not to negotiate on these issues, but to listen to the other side, what its positions are. We agreed to proceed step by step, to listen to the existing ideas about which could be the mechanism that could replace the guarantee system � if we presume that all the other internal aspects of the problem will be solved, he noted.

Moreover the Greek FM said that the progress achieved during the Conference on Cyprus in Crans Montana, where the international dimension of the Cyprus problem was put forward on the table, must be taken into consideration.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency