“If Turkey believes she is acting on the basis of international law, then why is she not accepting the calls and proposals to appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, but instead uses her force and armament?”, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades wondered on Thursday night.
Speaking to reporters at the anti-occupation event of the Municipality of Famagusta in Deryneia, when asked about the provocative actions of Turkey and the diplomatic efforts made by Cyprus and Greece to halt them, Nicos Anastasiades responded that “there is no doubt that there has been a chain of violations of the United Nations Charter on behalf of Turkey. Actions that have nothing to do with the international law that Turkey constantly invokes.
It would be good, if they believe that they are acting in accordance with international law, to heed the calls from the EU, our proposals, but also those of Greece, to appeal to the International Court of Justice in The Hague or to an international arbitration. What do they have to worry about if, as they claim, they are acting in accordance with international law?
Therefore, what (exists) on the part of Greece, but also of ours, is nothing more than the effort to achieve compliance through diplomacy. You understand that we are dealing with a country which, I repeat, neither respects the rules of international law nor adapts to the modern era. See whether any other country has achieved what it claims is entitled to under international law by using super-weapons or force in general”.
Asked if he was satisfied with the overall reactions of our European partners, the President stressed: “Tomorrow is the extraordinary meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers; there is a possibility of convening an extraordinary meeting of the European Council to study the situation comprehensively, if Turkey continues to behave the way it does”. /ibna