“They cannot move against us, and if they dare to do, they will get a response like the one they got in the past”, the Turkish Foreign Minister stated.
by Michalis Michael
The Turkish side’s threats to Cyprus become stronger than ever. After the Turkish President’s Tayyip Erdogan earlier statements following his return from China, who was also spreading threats against Cyprus on behalf of Turkey, the country’s foreign minister took over and stayed on the same page.
In his statement to the state channel TRT Haber, the Turkish Foreign Minister said that “for us, the Greek Cypriot administration’s threats have no meaning. They too know that they cannot move against us, and if they dare to do, they will get a response like the one they got in the past. Therefore, in reality, they too know their limits, but due to internal policy they act this way. They turn to the EU and try to make them decide against Turkey, they did not succeed. Because we made the necessary briefings on this issue,” the Turkish Foreign Minister said, adding that they sent letters to Federica Mogherini, to the EU’s Foreign Ministers, as well as to permanent members of the UN Security Council.
As he said, they made that move not to answer to anyone, but as a way to explain their political and legal arguments. “All the steps we have made are compatible with the international law and nobody but Turkey can decide what is allowed to happen within its continental shelf,” the Turkish Foreign Minister stated. He said that Turkey’s duty as a guarantor is to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots and for doing so they will perform their drilling within the areas the pseudo-state has allowed them to. Mevlut Cavusoglu argued that the reason for the situation so far is that despite the Turkish side handing out many warnings, the Greek Cypriot side, without being able to guarantee the sharing of the gas to be extracted, began drilling.
“The Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades himself admitted that Turkish Cypriots have rights over there. I asked him “Do Turkish Cypriots have rights there?” Yes, they have, he told me. Then why don’t you guarantee them? I cannot do that right now, he said. Then when? When the sale begins, he said. I said to Nikos, if you cannot guarantee it now, how can you guarantee that you will bond them when you start to sell? “No answer,” the Turkish Foreign Minister said. Mevlut Cavucoglu stated “we say it clearly, either you guarantee it or we take our drills and start out as well.”/ibna