For this to happen, he remarked, “there should be no occupation troops on the island”.
Kotzias was speaking during a press conference with GC FM Kasoulides following official talks at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia.
He called for the reunification of the island “in a federal, bizonal, bicommunal republic of Cyprus, where the Turkish Cypriots will have all the goods and the maximum possible rights, and the Greek Cypriots, along with the three minorities here in Cyprus, will feel secure in a stable Republic of Cyprus. And for this to happen, of course the occupation forces must be withdrawn, and my views on the guarantees are well known.”
He also said that talking with the international community, including the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, Espen Barth Eide, with Europeans and Americans and members of the Security Council, “I must say the general climate is positive with regard to the fundamental issues the Republic of Cyprus is facing – and from the standpoint it sees them”.