Turkish Cyprus says decision on guarantor states provocation

Talat described recent unanimous decision of the Greek Cypriot parliament that guarantees and rights of guarantor states were unacceptable as a provocation

Turkish Cyprus says decision on guarantor states provocation

President Mehmet Ali Talat of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) described recent unanimous decision of the Greek Cypriot parliament that guarantees and rights of guarantor states were unacceptable as a provocation aiming at sabotaging the ongoing negotiation process on the island.

The Greek Cypriot House of Representatives, last week, approved unanimously a resolution reading that in Cyprus, as a member state of the European Union, there should not be provisions for guarantors or guarantees.

"This is nothing but an unacceptable provocation. Involvement of Turkey as a guarantor state in the Cyprus process, is of vital importance. The Greek Cypriot parliament made such a decision because they are already a member of the European Union. Also, the title of 'security and guarantees' is one of the basic topics in our negotiations. The Greek Cypriot parliament made the decision on purpose by knowing the Turkish Cypriot party's sensitivity about Turkey's status as a guarantor state," he commented.

Asked about claims by Greek Cypriot newspapers that three guarantor states, Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom, would hold a tripartite summit on the issue of security, President Talat said, "we cannot object it. Such a meeting among three guarantor states is regular.


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