There is no need for foreign guarantors with a right of intervention in a reunited federal Cyprus. This is contrary to the basic principles of a state’s sovereignty and legal status, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg on Tuesday he said:
“Guarantees contradict the basic principles of sovereignty and legal status that a state comes under, and these also give the right to one constituent state to call on a third country to intervene and violate the independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the independent federal state,” he said.
“For example, (imagine) if the Russian Federation was asked to guarantee the security of Estonia or Latvia. Or, another example, if one of federal Germany’s states was guaranteed by a third country. I think I have given enough examples, no need to elaborate further,” he added.
Anastasiades was referring to the red line, drawn by Turkey, one of Cyprus’ guarantors along with Greece and Britain, that it will continue to maintain that role in a reunited EU-member Cyprus.
Greece and the UK have made clear they consider that role unnecessary post-solution.
Currently, Turkey maintains around 40,000 troop in north Cyprus following its 1974 peacekeeping mission sparked by a short-lived coup in Nicosia, engineered by the junta ruling Greece at the time.