Turkey at the heart of the pre-election scene in Cyprus
By Michalis Michael
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made statements, pointing out once again that Turkey’s behavior in the Cypriot EEZ will not change, while the pre-election scene in Cyprus has “been set on fire” with the EEZ being at the forefront.
“Even if some people think the case of the Eastern Mediterranean is a matter for Cypriots, we know very well that this is not the case”, the Turkish President said in his speech in Samsun for the celebrations of the May 19 national holiday, when Kemal Ataturk landed in Pontos, the day when the Greeks honor the victims of the Pontian genocide.
“Even if some people think that the Syrian issue is a matter for the Syrians, the Iraqi issue for the Iraqis, the Bosnian-Bosnian issue for the Bosnians, or even if they think the issue of the eastern Mediterranean is a matter for the Cypriots, or the issue of North Africa Libya, or Tunisia of Algeria, we know very well that this is not the case”, the Turkish President said in his speech. The Turkish president has also argued that “there has been no genocide, no tyranny and no action to make this (Turkish) nation feel shameful”, while arguing that “the greatest genocide in history was committed against our (Turkish) nation, when the Ottomans withdrew from the Balkans”.
What will happen in the EEZ?
DISY-AKEL and the government are the main players on the political scene in Cyprus. Shots are fired on both sides for the fact that Turkey is in the Cypriot EEZ, the drill rig is stationary and at the same time Turkey does not seem willing to change its attitude despite the condemnations and the international factor.
At the moment, the moves that take place in the Cypriot Foreign Ministry are aimed at exerting diplomatic pressure on Ankara, which in turn reacted with the Cavusoglu letter, through which it tried to justify its position and actions in the Cypriot EEZ.
The country is under attack and there is a risk of destabilization. AKEL, with its behavior, gives an alibi to Turkey. This is the main criticism, both by the Democratic Alarm and by the government. On the other hand, AKEL blames both that they have left the EEZ unprotected and that the claims about the alliances that the Republic of Cyprus has created through the tripartite are empty.
At the same time, in Cypriot society there is a turmoil, since no one is in a position to predict the next move of Ankara and if it actually goes ahead with the drilling as it threatens or not./ibna