Under the agreements, Britain retained its military bases in Cyprus (99 square miles) and the right to use the island`s territorial waters and airspace for military purposes. In addition, the agreements required the Cypriots to conclude an “alliance treaty” allowing the deployment of contingents of Greek and Turkish troops on the island and a “guarantee contract” giving guarantors (Britain, Greece and Turkey) the right to intervene in the internal affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. VII. Statement by the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community of the 19th Declaration of the Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers, 17 February 1959, 17 February 1959, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom of Greece and the Republic of Turkey, on the one hand, and the Republic of Cyprus, on the other, with the aim of making arrangements relating to the declaration of the United Kingdom Government of 17 February 1959 at the London, in accordance with subsequent statements by the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey. , by the representative of the Greek Cypriot community and by the representative of the Greek Cypriot community and by the representative of the Turkish Cypriot community; Taking note of the terms of the guarantee agreement signed today by the parties to this treaty; agreed as follows. The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland drowned after reviewing the documents relating to the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, which included the basic structure of the Republic of Cyprus, the Guarantee Treaty and the Covenant Treaty, and was approved in London on 11 February 1959 by the Heads of State and Government of Greece and Turkey in London. , and in view of the consultations held in London, from 11 to 16 December 1959, between the foreign ministers of Greece, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Tell me: I am sure that Parliament will understand that the Greek and Turkish parliaments also have the right to be informed first-hand of these important agreements. The documents, including the agreements between the Greek and Turkish foreign ministers in Zurich, will therefore be presented to Parliament next Monday in the form of a white paper. They are also published in Nicosia by the governor. At this stage, I would just like to say that the agreements reached in Zurich take full account of the rights of the Cypriot people and constitute a fair and honourable compromise between the interests of Greece and Turkey. They restore the friendship and alliance between these two countries, which are so important to the security of all of us.

Negotiations between Greece and Turkey continued in light of this statement of Her Majesty`s position. They culminated in the agreements reached between the Greek and Turkish Prime Ministers on 11 February in Zurich. We have agreed with our Greek and Turkish allies that the text of the documents agreed at the conference and signed today will not be published until they have had time to return to their capitals and report back to their colleagues. Referring to NATO commitments, you declare in your embassy that the very essence of NATO requires that the allies not wage war and that a Turkish intervention in Cyprus would lead to military engagement between Greek and Turkish forces. I agree with the first part of your statement, but the commitment of NATO allies to respect the international agreements between them and their reciprocal contractual rights and commitments is an equally important condition for the alliance. It is unthinkable to establish an alliance between states that ignore their mutual contractual obligations and obligations.