The effort is to achieve the suspension of this unbridled claim of Turkey to impose its own international law, that is, its expansionary policy, said today the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.
In a statement to reporters at the Presidential Palace, invited to comment on yesterday’s bold remarks by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in the presence of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, Anastasiades said: “What you are correct to point out is the audacity. What remains is for Europe to consider, as I said a few days ago, what it can tolerate.
We are talking, unfortunately, about a country in turmoil that seeks to bring the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean under its control and to control a number of countries that have coastline in the Eastern Mediterranean. It is both unthinkable and unacceptable, not only under international law, but also on the basis of the established practice of friendly relations, the friendship that should exist between neighboring countries”.
Asked what positions we will take in the EU Foreign Affairs Council and in the European Council in light of all this, President Anastasiades said that “I think that so far you are witnessing the multiple efforts being made in coordination with Greece, in coordination with France and not only, but also with other partners, and the effort is to achieve the suspension of this unrestricted claim of Turkey to impose its own international law, that is, the expansionary policy recorded through its actions”.
Asked what Josep Borrell meant yesterday when he said it was the start of a dialogue between the EU and Turkey, the President said: “We will be informed in detail when he is outside Turkish territory. A first briefing was given to the Foreign Minister, but for details we will have the opportunity to be informed later”./ibna