Former Chief of Turkish General Staff, General Ilker Basbug (Retired) has said that the Treaties of Alliance and Guarantees in Cyprus concern Turkey, Greece and the United Kingdom as the guarantor powers for Cyprus. President Mustafa Akinci has no say on this issue, he asserted. Speaking on a television programme, Basbug said:
“He [Akinci] has no legal authority. […] These treaties concern three states: Turkey, Greece and Britain. There is a proposal for totally lifting the Treaty of Guarantees and partially lifting the Treaty of Alliance in Cyprus. The TRNC president has no right to have a say on the Treaties of Guarantees and Alliance. The UNSG says that the guarantees should be lifted and the president says ‘we can discuss this’. No one has asked him: ‘Do you have the authority to have a say on this issue?’
“The issue of guarantees and alliance is neither an issue for the people living in the TRNC nor for the TRNC parliament. This is an issue for the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) and it [the TGNA] is the only entity that will have a say”.