Minister of Defence: Cyprus will exhaust all legal means to stop Turkey from questioning its sovereign rights

Minister of Defence: Cyprus will exhaust all legal means to stop Turkey from questioning its sovereign rights

By Michalis Michael

The Republic of Cyprus will exhaust any legal instrument offered by International Law and will make demarches towards International Organizations and its strategic partners, in order to stop Turkey from challenging and violating its sovereign rights, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said today.

He added that “the geographical position of Cyprus, and the consequential geostrategic value that it imparts to it, exposes Cyprus constantly to the challenges of each era, as history shows. In addition to the significant partnerships that Cyprus has developed in the region with its neighbouring countries, such as Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, in the context of bilateral and trilateral relations, they show that Cyprus can play a catalytic role in linking the European Union with the region”.

He also said that “the emergence of new asymmetric threats increases the need for a more holistic approach towards the management of the provocations it faces today.” The external and internal security of the states can no longer be approached separately and autonomously, he said, and added that “the management of the new provocations requires enhanced cooperation between the states. No state can these days, as powerful as it may be, secure the security of its citizens by itself.”

Today, the Minister continued, “the new types of threats not only have a national side, they are not easy to deal with by conventional means and only by national means, that is, by the means of a state alone. Therefore, we need to design common defence policies and means of defence diplomacy, in a national and allied environment, for risk prevention and crisis management.”

We need, he continued, “to prepare together, to work together and to try together, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the European Acquis, the International Treaties and the national and European laws, and for these to be the strong weapon in our efforts.”/ibna