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Tsipras: Turkish rights of intervention are “core of Cyprus problem”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called Turkish demands for rights of intervention in a post-solution Cyprus as the “core of the Cyprus problem”.

Addressing the Greek parliament, Tsipras said that there was unanimity among the country’s political parties that solving the Cyprus problem requires constant effort, adding that the final decision-making lies with the Cyprus government.

Tsipras added that Greece intervenes more decidedly on the Cyprus problem when the chapter on guarantees is discussed and the guarantor powers are involved.

He also said the Cyprus problem is not a matter of Greek-Turkish disputes, but rather an international and European problem.

The Greek Prime Minister made special mention of what he called the “core of the Cyprus problem”, that is the fact that the Turkish side seeks to maintain rights of intervention in an independent EU member-state.

“If that is not the core of the problem, then which is it?” he wondered, adding that the Greek side correctly put emphasis on this aspect of the Cyprus problem in the recent peace talks in Crans-Montana.

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  1. The supposed “illegal war” in 1974 was started by a GREEK JUNTA who was not only killing the Turkish Cypriots, but also the Greek Cypriots and possibly the British there too.

    It’s worth pointing out that the 2 wars in Cyprus, in the 60’s and 70’s were not started by the Turkish Cypriots.

    Turkey stepped in to save their ancestral people who are a minority on the island and who were being overpowered by the forces used against them. However this was seen as an illegal action, although morally it was the right thing to do. I would like to think that we would do the same as Turkey, if our citizens abroad were at risk of being wiped out in a country we used to own.

    No embargo was put on Greece for the Greek Junta starting the war, nor Turkey for their supposed “illegal” actions of protecting the citizens of Cyprus against the Greek Junta and his army. Instead the embargo was put on Northern Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriots who were the victims in this war.

    It’s morally wrong to penalise the victims of a war, whereas the supposed perpetrators get no embargo put against them