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.