Ankara shows its real intentions regarding a solution for the Cyprus problem. It not only opposes the idea of withdrawal of its troops from Cyprus and the abolition of the guarantor powers. It also opposes the idea of the European Union as a so-called “guarantor of Cyprus reunification”.
Turkish Foreign Minister said that Ankara is opposed to the idea of making the European Union a guarantor of Cyprus reunification, as the bloc is unable to ensure security on the island and adherence to a reunification deal.
Ankara is opposed to the idea of making the European Union a guarantor of Cyprus reunification, as the bloc is unable to ensure security on the island and adherence to a reunification deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.
“Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Ankara share the opinion that Turkey must maintain its status of a guarantor country, while stationing of the Turkish troops on the island should continue… Which of the conflicts up to this day has the European Union managed to prevent?.. The structure that cannot resolve the existing problems and adheres to the double standards policy on many issues will of course be unable to provide security on the island,” Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.
The foreign minister added that claims that the European Union could act as a reunification guarantor sound like fiction. The minister said the talks could not “continue indefinitely,” so they should be resumed on Wednesday [ Jan 18] and then end with a meeting at a ministerial level.
According to Cavusoglu, all possible scenarios of the negotiations should be foreseen, including the negative ones.
“Do not forget that there are problems in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Middle East, while no serious confrontation has been recorded in Cyprus for 43 years. This became possible due to Turkey’s role as a guarantor state,” he added.
Cavusoglu’s statements comes just hours after the landmark Conference on Cyprus in Geneva, with the participation of President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and representatives of guarantor powers Greece, Turkey and UK, while European Commission Presaident Jean-Claude Juncker was present as “observer”.
The issue of the guarantor powers and Turkish troops withdrawal are keys for a peaceful solution on the island state which has been divided since 1974 after a Turkish military invasion.
PS Not withdrawal? That would be an EU first that a non-EU member illegally maintains military troops in an EU member state.