The idea of a security regime that would make both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots feel safe promoted the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu.
In an interview with Greek daily “Kathimerini”, Mr Cavusoglu seemed to endorse a guarantees formula that meets the concerns of both sides.
The Turkish Foreign Minister spoke to the Greek newspaper a few hours before he flew to Crete on Sunday for an unofficial meeting with his Greek counterpart, Nicos Kotzias.
Asked about the prospects of a Cyprus deal, Mr Cavusoglu expressed his belief that a settlement could be possible by the end of the year.
Referring on the “thorny” aspect of security and guarantees the Minister also pointed out that inflexible approaches to the issue might harm the process towards a settlement:
“We believe that it is not possible to sustain the viability of the new state of affairs where both people do not feel safe and live in security.
We are in favor of a guarantees system that meets the concerns of both sides.
On the other hand, statements regarding this issue should not be driven by domestic political concerns or with an eye on domestic politics. Such statements might have a negative impact in the process.”