Cyprus’ Guarantors, Not Energy Seen Holding Up Unity Hopes

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP, FILE)

With Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci expected to talk on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly opening in New York in September, the key obstacle to reunification remains whether Turkey will keep its demand to have an army.

Turkey has increased the stakes and tension by sending drillships into Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to hunt for energy near where foreign companies have been licensed to search for oil and gas.

But the key obstacle remains whether Turkey will give up its right as one of the guarantors of security where it has occupied the northern third since an unlawful 1974 invasion. Greece and the former Colonial ruler, the United Kingdom, are the other guarantors, along with a UN peacekeeping force.

A source who wasn’t identified told the Cyprus Mail that the Turkish army – along with demands by Akinci and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to have the right of military intervention – were more critical than even the energy feud.

The source also said consultations have been underway to set the date of the National Council, where Anastasiades is expected to brief political leaders on the outcome of his informal meeting on Aug. 9 with Akinci.

Cyprus’ legitimate government, a member of the European Union, is said to waiting for Turkeys’ reaction to a proposal by Anastasiades to include in any new talks agreements reached previously and pick up where negotiations left off when they collapsed in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, the security problem still the reason for the stalemate that continues.

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  1. wOf course. is the Nato guarantors of Cyprus who are part of the problem!

    You have Nato Turkey holding part of Cyprus , and then you have Nato Britain holding another part of Cyprus to launch military war crimes wars from these bases against the foreign countries of the world without the permission of the people of Cyprus ..both Turkish and Greek!

    Hilarious ..he asks Turkey to remove its troops from Northern Cyprus, and terminate it as a guarantor of Cyprus independence.agreed in 1960! But of course, whle the White supremacist colonialist Britain , who like Turkey will no longer be part of he EU apparently retains military bases, not to protect Cyprus , as we learned in 1974..but continue to commit war crimes bombings of Iraq, libya, Syria, Yemen with Iran on deck! .

    Britain, one part of illegal occupiers and invaders of Syria which include Turkey , Saudi Arabia , and U.S..and guess what holding 30 % of the territory of Syriat, about the same amount Turkey currently occupies in Cyprus is now partnering with the U.S and Turkey to partition Syria , and annex it oil fields of Syria! for Turkey!

    So , Anastsasides, simply remove the British bases, and as fraudulent guarantors of Cyprus and set an example to the ethnic Turkish population .to remove all Turkish troops and bases, and terminate Turkey rights as a Guarantors!

    This clearly provides the opportunity for sovereignty in a United Cyprus!

    If that fails..unite with Greece!

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