Ankara is showing signs of trying to downgrade the upcoming Cyprus talks as it toughens its stance in the event of negotiations.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in his speech to Parliament on the 2020 budget for his ministry said that “on the issue of Cyprus, we will not go back to the table for the sake of negotiating alone. Turkey, which has the largest coastline in the eastern Mediterranean, has legal rights and interests both west and north of Cyprus. Our country is taking and will continue to take all necessary measures to protect its rights”.
Within this context was also the announcement of the Turkish Ministry of Defence, which condemned the attack on a flag in Nicosia.
“We strongly condemn the burning of the flag of the ‘TRNC’ during demonstrations in southern Cyprus. These racist attacks supported by the Greek Cypriot administration will not prevent the “TRNC” flag from waving forever”, the statement said./ibna