Kotzias calls for scrap­ping of sys­tem of guar­an­tees

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Greek For­eign Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias over the week­end re­peated his call for the dis­man­tling of the sys­tem of guar­an­tees and the re­moval of Turk­ish forces from the eth­ni­cally di­vided is­land in or­der to make way for an elu­sive peace deal. “If we want to re­solve the prob­lem, we have to do away with its causes,” Kotzias said in an in­ter­view with Ger­man news agency DPA. “The prob­lem is the il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of the north­ern sec­tion of Cyprus,” he said, adding that Ankara was seek­ing to com­bine its de­sire to protect the Turk­ish-Cypriot com­mu­nity with its geopo­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions in the re­gion. “We want to re­solve the Cyprus is­sue and not deal with Turkey’s geopo­lit­i­cal strat­egy, which isn’t the sub­ject of the ne­go­ti­a­tions,” the Greek min­is­ter said. Turkey wants to main­tain the is­land’s se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, which is cur­rently guar­an­teed by Greece, Turkey and Bri­tain. “We don’t want there to be guarantor pow­ers, and we don’t want to be a guarantor power,” Kotzias said. “What we need is a sov­er­eign Cyprus,” he said, adding that the per­pet­u­a­tion of the ex­ist­ing sys­tem could give Ankara a say over European Union mat­ters.

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