Kotzias says Greece does not want to maintain guarantor rights

Greece does not want to maintain its guarantor rights when the Cyprus issue is solved, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has said in an interview he gave to the Russian daily Izvestia.

Asked what prospects he sees now for the settlement of the Cyprus problem, Kotzias said that “what we want is for Cyprus to be a normal member state of the UN. For this to happen, the rights of intervention, or, as we call them, third-country guarantees, have to be abolished”.

The Greek Foreign Minister went on to say that “because, as you know, the northern part of Cyprus is under occupation by Turkish troops”.

Formally speaking, he added, Greece is also a guarantor power, along with Great Britain and Turkey.

Kotzias reiterated Athens stance that “we said that we do not want to have such rights”.

He said that Turkey appears to be having difficulty adapting to the world of the 21st century.

“No one can have another state as a protectorate or under occupation. I hope we can finish with this”, he stressed.

He also thanked Russia “for its positive stance on the Cyprus problem, a principled stance based on international law”.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. A UN-backed Conference on Cyprus last summer in the Swiss resort of Crans Montana, aiming to reunify the island under a federal roof, ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency