The European Union cannot be an effective guarantor for Cyprus after reunification, as the bloc is unable to ensure security on the island and adherence to a reunification deal, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
“The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Ankara share the opinion that Turkey must maintain its status of a guarantor country, while stationing of Turkish troops on the island should continue… Which of the conflicts up to this day has the European Union managed to prevent?..
The structure that cannot resolve the existing problems and adheres to the double standards policy on many issues will of course be unable to provide security on the island,” Cavusoglu said.
The Turkish Foreign Minister added that claims that the EU could act as a reunification guarantor sounded like fiction.
Cavusoglu said the talks could not “continue indefinitely,” so they should be resumed on Wednesday 18th January and then conclude with a meeting at a ministerial level.
The minister said that all possible scenarios arising from the negotiations should be anticipated, including the negative ones. “Do not forget that there are problems in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Middle East, while no serious confrontation has been recorded in Cyprus for 43 years. This became possible because of Turkey’s role as a guarantor state,” he pointed out.
The Cyprus reunification talks with the participation of President Mustafa Akinci and President Nicos Anastasiades began in Geneva on Monday.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume on 18th January when the working groups will make a list of particular issues and remedies to be discussed.