Ankara has issued a statement in response to the EU Foreign Ministers’ unanimous condemnation of Turkey following violations in the Aegean, as well as Turkey’s activities in the Cypriot EEZ.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy stated: “The statement by Foreign Ministers of the European Union on the disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean constitutes the latest exhibition of a repetitive and a barren discourse that serves no purpose.
This attitude, which remains indifferent to Turkey’s genuine initiatives is a by-product of unjust and unlawful claims of Greece and the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) and does not stand any chance of contributing to regional peace and stability.
It is noteworthy that the solidarity, which the European Union has failed to demonstrate in the fight against COVID-19, is now rendered unconditionally when it is the Greek Cypriots in question.
What the EU needs to do, instead of acting blindly as the mouthpiece of Greece and the GCA under a pretext of solidarity, is to proceed with common sense while taking international law into consideration as well as the legitimate rights and interests of Turkey and the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.
We reiterate, as usual, our readiness for dialogue on an equitable basis.
Yesterday’s joint statement by the EU foreign ministers noted that “the European Union condemns the escalation of violations of Greek territorial waters and airspace by Turkey, which includes overflights over residential areas, in violation of international law”. /ibna