Government Spokesman: We continue on the path of responsible diplomacy

Government Spokesman: We continue on the path of responsible diplomacy

Our direction is to continue on the responsible path of diplomacy already underway by the Government, Deputy Government Spokesman Panagiotis Sentonas said today regarding Turkey’s provocations, adding that the Government is in consultation with the states that are affected by its provocative actions.

In his statements to reporters at the Presidential Palace, while called upon to comment on Turkey’s provocative actions and announcements in relation to the occupied territories, Panagiotis Sentonas said that “this is a continuing effort by Turkey to militarize the whole climate and lead to further instability and insecurity in the region.

Turkey’s whole effort stands in the way of the UN Secretary-General’s earlier attempt in Berlin to meet with the parties involved, to schedule an informal pentamer meeting that will lead to terms of reference, as well as pave the way to go into negotiations. So we believe that these actions by Turkey do not help at all in trying to restart the dialogue on the Cyprus issue.

This attempt, that is, Turkey’s willingness to militarize the occupied territories and enhance its already powerful military capabilities in the occupied territories, is not current. We have seen it going on in previous years as well. In particular, I would like to remind you of Turkey’s insistence on the attempt made at Cran Montana where we saw Turkey insisting on a Base in Cyprus; a permanent presence of Turkey in Cyprus.

However, our direction is to continue on the responsible path of diplomacy already underway by the Government”.

In another question, he said that “the Government’s intention is to continue on the path of deploying its diplomatic tools. It is not our intention to contribute to further deterioration of the climate, but to undertake those actions that lead to the overarching goal of security and peace in the region”.

Asked whether the tripartite partnerships would be further exploited to this end, Mr Sedonas said, “the government is in touch with all of its partners, whether they are countries in the region or EU countries. The intention is for the designs behind these partnerships to go ahead. Turkey’s actions, especially lately, concern not only the Republic of Cyprus, but also the states of the Eastern Mediterranean and EU states. So the Government is certainly in consultation, and will continue to do so, with the states affected by this provocative behavior of Turkey”./ibna