Cyprus president foresees 'radical' reform of island's security

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Posted: Jan 13, 2017 6:13 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks on reunifying Cyprus should produce a "radical" change in the island's security situation, which is currently guaranteed by Greece, Turkey and Britain, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told a news conference in Geneva on Friday.

He was speaking the day after U.N.-hosted talks broke up with a promise to bring officials together next week in working groups to tackle the thorny issue of security.

“The fact that the U.N. announcement outlines a clear intent by participants to reach a mutually acceptable solution on the security and guarantee issues… is a mandate to the working groups to process new forms (of guarantees), acceptable and radically different from the guarantee system of 1960," he said.

(Reporting by Michele Kambas, writing by Tom Miles)