Foreign Minister TahsinErtuğruloğluhas commented onPresident Akıncı’s statements regarding guarantees for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The Minister thanked President Akıncı for his disclosure that “establishing a system of guarantees which excludes Turkey is not possible’’ but also said that this is not enough and further steps need to be taken.

Ertuğruloğlu underlined that the chapter on guaranteeswould be acceptable if the article which states that “Turkey has the unilateral right to intervene if necessary”is added to the agreement.

Minister Ertuğruloğlu said that “Turkey had intervened in Cyprus on 20 July 1974 based on her rights to intervention. These rightsput into the constitution when the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was established and they should notbe disposed of.”