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South Cyprus and Greece draft new security plans for Cyprus

1 November 2015

Greece and South Cyprus are drafting a new formula for security matters as part of a Cyprus settlement.

Reportedly, President Nicos Anastasiades has told the Greek Foreign Ministry that a solution to the Cyprus problem which includes foreign guarantees and Turkish troops remaining in Cyprus would be rejected in a referendum.

Ahead of a state visit to Greece and South Cyprus by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a detailed draft solution on security is being formulated which will be presented to Kerry when he arrives in Athens on 13th November and Cyprus on the day after. Kerry will then travel to Turkey to accompany US President Obama who will be attending the G20 summit in Antalya.

The new proposals on security, which will also be presented to Britain, Russia, China, France and the EU, will be the basis for discussions in the current Cyprus negotiations. The guarantees issue is also likely to be discussed in Nicosia with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, when he visits Cyprus later this month.

Greece has taken the initiative to muster support at international level for the need to abolish guarantees for Cyprus and persuade Turkey to withdraw its troops from the North.

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