The Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu has said that the latest one-sided decision taken by the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives calling for the annulment of the Treaty of Guarantees and the complete withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus was null and void.
In a statement issued yesterday, Burcu drew attention to the fact that the Treaty of Guarantees was an international treaty with a number of signatories.
He pointed out that the treaty could only be removed or amended with the consent and approval of the signatories.
“The Greek Cypriot leadership, which insists on its demands for ‘zero troops and zero guarantees’ by ignoring the Turkish Cypriot side’s constructive stance on the issue of security based on the understanding that one side’s security should not pose a threat to the other side’s security, and which remains outside the framework drawn up by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the other outstanding issues led to the collapse of the talks in Crans Montana. This decision taken by the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives violates the fundamental principles of the negotiations process”, he said.
Stating that the February 2014 Joint Declaration envisages that all six negotiating chapters are taken up interdependently, Burcu said that attempting to discuss the issue of Security and Guarantees separately on its own was against the principles and methodology of the talks.
President Akinci’s spokeman said that further entrenching current positions rather than taking decisions such as annulling the 1976 Enosis decision did not contribute positively to the future of Cyprus.
“As the President has constantly stated, the emergence of a new opportunity for a lasting solution can only be possible through a transformation of mentality by the Greek Cypriot leadership and the public”, he added.