Guarantees in Cyprus a profound anachronism, House President says

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Speaking on Monday from Paphos, Omirou said that the issue of security is associated with the guarantees and it cannot be left to be discussed last during the Cyprus talks, as Turkey demands. It needs to be discussed together with the other fundamental aspects of the Cyprus problem, he noted.

Omirou said that it is time for the Greek Cypriot side to take up initiatives to send the message that the system of guarantees is a profound anachronism.

The House President also said that we need to reach out to the UK, as the Greek FM has already declared that his country will not participate in any new form of guarantees.

Greece, Turkey and Great Britain, according to the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee, are the guarantor powers of the independence and territorial integrity of the island.

He described as `unthinkable` the fact that Turkey, a non EU country, insists to be the guarantor of sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, constitutional order of the Republic of Cyprus.

Omirou pointed out that Cyprus` membership in the UN and the EU is an adequate guarantee framework.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. A new round of UN-backed talks resumed last month with the aim to reunite the island under a federal roof.

Source: CNA