Kotzias says he wants to ter­mi­nate guar­an­tor sta­tus

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Greece aims to end its sta­tus as a guar­an­tor power on Cyprus and push for the with­drawal of Turk­ish troops in a move that will open the way for a peace set­tle­ment on the di­vided is­land, For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias said yes­ter­day fol­low­ing talks with Cyprus Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades in Ni­cosia.

“To­day, this is con­sid­ered an is­sue that must be ad­dressed. Many in­ter­na­tional pow­ers have ac­cepted this po­si­tion... and I think that this should not leave Turkey un­moved,” said Kotzias at the close of his three-day visit.

Bri­tain, Greece and Turkey are “guar­an­tors” of the is­land in the event of any dis­rup­tion to its con­sti­tu­tional or­der. Cyprus and Greece want to abol­ish those guar­an­tees.

Kotzias said Athens stands by Ni­cosia’s ef­forts for a “fair set­tle­ment.” Asked about the progress of United Na­tions-bro­kered peace ne­go­ti­a­tions, he said, “Some are sup­port­ing the process, some are in more of a hurry than they should be, and oth­ers are just watch­ing.”

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