Greek positions on the questions regarding security and guarantees, according to CNA sources

All parties involved in the Conference on Cyprus were called to answer two questions regarding the security arrangement after a solution and what will happen to existing security arrangements, as part of ongoing discussions on security and guarantees in the Conference on Cyprus, taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

As CNA learns, the Greek government is in favour of abolishing the Treaty of Guarantee simultaneously with the acceptance of the solution, and to agree on a Treaty for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Cyprus’ territory.

According to the same sources, in reply to the second question Athens says there needs to be a timetable concerning the main stages of troop withdrawal, and that this flow must be continuous. An authority needs to be able to verify and monitor this process and report to all relevant parties, including the UN Security Council, the Greek side says.

Concerning the first question, CNA learns that Athens favours the establishment of an international verification and monitoring mechanism to meet security needs, as well as the implementation of the settlement.

The mechanism cannot consist of guarantor powers, but must be rather impartial, proficient and experienced in verification and fact finding, according to the same sources.

Also, it needs to have a strong mandate in order to be able to monitor the implementation of what all sides pledged and to provide advisory and technical support for the resolution of conflicts.

The Greek side believes that the UN needs to play an important role in this direction. Athens also reiterates its position for a Friendship Pact, a comprehensive Treaty promoting non-military cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Turkey in dealing with issues such as migration, terrorism and natural disasters.

UN facilitated peace talks began in Crans-Montana last Wednesday to help find a negotiated settlement that would reunite Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency