President Nicos Anastasiades has a vision for a post-settlement Cyprus that takes into account each community’s fears but does away with the traditional guarantor structure.
As a result of the 1974 invasion, Greek Cypriots tend to see guarantor powers (Turkey, Greece and the UK) as a threat, while because of the coup that preceded it, Turkish Cypriots see a Turkish guarantee as protection.
While acknowledging Turkish Cypriot fears, Anastasiades says that there are other ways to safeguard their needs.
“You must understand that the Turkish Cypriots do not trust the Greek Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots do not trust Turkey. However, this is not something you solve by having guarantor countries or other guarantors.
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