Aksoy: Dendias’ statements are a pretext for avoiding dialogue

Aksoy: Dendias’ statements are a pretext for avoiding dialogue

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoy criticized Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday for adopting accusations and a threatening tone instead of working to resolve tensions between Athens and Ankara through dialogue.

Hami Aksoy states in the announcement:

“The accusations and the threatening tone of the Greek Foreign Minister towards Turkey in his statements today are yet further indications of the unwillingness of the Greek side towards the settlement of bilateral issues through dialogue and diplomacy.

Turkey’s constructive approach and benevolent steps on the Eastern Mediterranean issue since August have unfortunately not been reciprocated. Moreover, Greece’s characterization of Turkey’s resolute activities to protect her own rights and those of the Turkish Cypriots in the face of Greek maximalist demands, as “provocative”, or even “illegal” are merely pretexts to avoid dialogue.

Turkey has always maintained her calls for dialogue and will continue to do so. Greece should by now comprehend that a language of threats and trying to secure EU backing will not yield any results. Greece should refrain from putting forward preconditions and come to the negotiation table at once”./ibna