Cyprus & Greece insist on Turkish troops pullout for peace deal
19 Jan 2017 - 23:48
Nicosia: CYPRUS and Greece yesterday insisted that any peace deal for the divided island must provide for the withdrawal of Turkish troops and new security arrangements.
If Turkey and the island’s minority Turkish Cypriots want a solution, “there can neither be occupation troops nor guarantees”, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said after talks in Nicosia with his Cyprus counterpart Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot leader.
Anastasiades, whose country has been a EU member since 2004, said: “Our common goal is to finally achieve a solution that is fully compatible with European acquis (EU legislation)...
“Without the need to have any third country as a guarantor or troops of any country staying to protect supposedly one or the other community.”
Their comments came as technocrats in Switzerland were discussing a post-settlement Cyprus security formula. UN-backed negotiations in the Swiss resort town of Mont Pelerin include Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot representatives as well as officials from Ankara, Athens and former colonial power Britain.
Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been holding direct talks at various locations for the past 20 months on how to forge a unified, two-zone federation.