May Says UK Wants Out as Cyprus Security Guarantor

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May greets the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades at Downing Street in London, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

British Prime Minister Theresa May told visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades she wants to swiftly end her country’s role as one of the guarantors of security on the divided island, with Turkey and Greece being the others.

Turkey has been unlawfully occupying the northern third since a 1974 invasion. Greece also wants to end its role as a guarantor while the United Kingdom, the former Colonial ruler, still has a military base there.

After Anastasiades met her at Downing Street in the British capital, he said they had talked about the guarantors and the failure to reunify the island with the last round of negotiations in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana collapsing over Turkey’s demand to keep an occupying army and wanting the right to militarily intervene again.

They also discussed the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, scheduled for March 29, but with uncertainty whether there would be a delay after the British Parliament voted down her transition plan.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May greets the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades at Downing Street in London, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

“I hope that by the next European Council, on March 21, ways will be found to secure, in one way or another, a smooth exit for Britain,” Anastasiades added, the Cyprus Mail said in a report on his visit.

Regarding the Cyprus problem, Anastasiades said that May reiterated Britain’s unchanging position, namely the support for a solution based on UN resolutions, as well as on EU principles and values, diplomatic code traditionally used to avoid saying anything substantial or taking any positions.

“Most importantly, however, she reiterated the position that Britain would not wish to continue its role as a guarantor power,” he added. He had offered an international police force to replace the guarantors and a United Nations peacekeeping force.


  1. UK and Turkey want to get to develop and add more on their alliance between the UK and Turkey as greatly appreciated as possible and forever and ever after between the UK and Turkey much more than anywhere else around this remarkable universe of all between the UK and Turkey.

  2. Hey May… since when, have you been a guarantor of Greek security and independence? Tell that to the Greek Cypriot of Norther Cyprus!

    And now do the right thing …take your ” war crimes launch base” with you from Cyprus with you!

    You have already been thrown out by the International court from another piece of territory in another country you extorted to leave their country you did in Cyprus in 1960!

    Maybe … May know… U.S and Nato plans with Turkey take over the rest of Cyprus, and would not have to comply with their responsibilities …like they did in 1974.!

    There are two things the people of Cyprus must demand…the complete withdrawal and surrender of the British Bases in Cyprus ..and a referendum to join Greece!…

    Their is no other acceptable option …and falling short of this ..would be an insult to those Greek Cypriots who died in 1960 and 1974!

    The only people opposing the people ..are the Greek Aristocratic white supremacist. beholding, to their brothers in Washington , Brussels and London…to protect their financial and political power ..which is what the use to surrender the cultures and sovereignty of Greece and Cyprus!

    All Nato countries out of Cyprus with the EU!

    There is no protection for Cyprus ..except for itself ..or being part of Greece…who Geoffrey Pyatt claims is the Pillar of power the Balkans and Mediteranean region!!!.

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