Nato role in Cyprus solution not out of question, says Greek Cypriot leader

The leader of Greek Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades on Monday said having Nato guaranteeing the reunification of the divided island was not out of the question, Cyprus Mail newspaper reported.

Anastasiades, when asked about Nato guaranteeing a solution of the Cyprus problem, noted there are many parties who could do that, such as the UN and the EU, as long the conditions to resume the talks were created first.

Anastasiades’ statements arrive amid prospects for resumption of reunification talks in Cyprus, split between a Greek Cypriot administration in the south, recognised internationally as the government of the whole island, and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot government in the north recognised by Turkey, following a Turkish invasion of the northern third of Cyprus in 1974.  

Talks on reunifying the divided island broke down in July last year.

“I haven’t excluded anything from the discussion,’’ the daily quoted  Anastasiades as saying in response to a question on whether Nato was off the table.

Nato involvement as an organisation would probably be opposed by Russia and main opposition Akel, the Cyprus Mail noted.

The UN secretary-general’s envoy, Jane Holl Lute, met with the leaders of the divided island of Cyprus earlier this month as part of an effort to restart talks for a solution.