Greek FM Kotzias: "maintaining guarantor power is excuse for solution"
Kotzias will be visiting Cyprus from Monday to Wednesday.
In an exclusive interview in Sunday’s edition of Phileleftheros newspaper, Kotzias said more and more of those involved in efforts to solve the Cyprus Problem had realised this would not be possible without dispensing with guarantor powers.
“There cannot be a true solution of the Cyprus Problem while the guarantor status remains in place,” the minister said.
The newspaper noted Kotzias has, since taking on his duties as minister, cultivated an initiative towards this end.
Kotzias also, the paper said, believes Turkey’s insistence in maintaining its status as a guarantor power in Cyprus is an excuse to prevent the Cyprus Problem from being solved.
The minister also, according to the paper, said China, Russia and France had responded positively to the idea and that the UK did not appear to be interested in insisting on remaining a guarantor power. This does not however, Kotzias said, mean the UK does not want to maintain its Sovereign Bases in Cyprus.
This, Kotzias said: “is an issue for which sole jurisdiction belongs to the Cyprus government”.