Turkey slams US lifting of arms embargo on Greek Cyprus

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The U.S. decision to partially lift an arms embargo on the Greek Cypriots, poisoning hopes for peace in the Eastern Mediterranean, is incompatible with the spirit of alliance, Turkey said late on Sept. 1. 


The decision announced earlier in the day ignores the equality and balance between the two peoples on the island, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement.

It will definitely hurt efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, it added.

The ministry stressed that at a time of ongoing efforts to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the U.S. making such a decision is incompatible with the spirit of alliance.

"We expect the U.S. to reconsider its decision and support existing efforts to establish peace and stability in the region," it said.

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay also slammed the U.S. move.

“We as Turkey will continue to take steps to guarantee peace and prosperity against this kind of approach which will increase the risk of conflict in the region,” Oktay wrote.

Turkey, as a guarantor country for Cyprus, will resolutely take the necessary steps to guarantee the security of Turkish Cypriots in accordance with its legal and historical responsibility, the ministry highlighted.

Following the forcible 1963 division of the island of Cyprus by the Greek Cypriots, the Turkish Cypriots suffered under a campaign of ethnic violence.

In 1974, following a coup aimed at Cyprus’ annexation by Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was founded.

For many decades, there were talks to resolve the dispute, all of which ended in failure. The latest, held with the participation of the guarantor countries- Turkey, Greece and the U.K.- ended in 2017 in Switzerland.

In 2004, the plan of then-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a solution was accepted by the Turkish Cypriots but rejected by the Greek Cypriots in referendums held on both sides of the island.


In a recent report, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that "new ideas" may be needed for settling the issue of the island.

Turkish Cyprus slams US 

Meanwhile, top officials of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also slammed U.S. arms embargo decision. 

Speaking to U.S. ambassador to Greek Cyprus Judith Gail Garber by phone, TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı said the decision "was not a step in the right direction," according to a statement from the presidential office.

In the phone conversation initiated by Garber, Akıncı stressed that the decision would not encourage the Greek side to reach a comprehensive solution in Cyprus and would not serve peace, but on the contrary would help the Greek
side stay away from the negotiation table.

Akıncı underlined that it is necessary not to contribute to armament efforts in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean but to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation.

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Turkey slams US lifting of arms embargo on Greek Cyprus

2020/09/1599032841.jpg
Read: 653     12:00     02 September 2020    

The U.S. decision to partially lift an arms embargo on the Greek Cypriots, poisoning hopes for peace in the Eastern Mediterranean, is incompatible with the spirit of alliance, Turkey said late on Sept. 1. 


The decision announced earlier in the day ignores the equality and balance between the two peoples on the island, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement.

It will definitely hurt efforts to resolve the Cyprus issue, it added.

The ministry stressed that at a time of ongoing efforts to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the U.S. making such a decision is incompatible with the spirit of alliance.

"We expect the U.S. to reconsider its decision and support existing efforts to establish peace and stability in the region," it said.

Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay also slammed the U.S. move.

“We as Turkey will continue to take steps to guarantee peace and prosperity against this kind of approach which will increase the risk of conflict in the region,” Oktay wrote.

Turkey, as a guarantor country for Cyprus, will resolutely take the necessary steps to guarantee the security of Turkish Cypriots in accordance with its legal and historical responsibility, the ministry highlighted.

Following the forcible 1963 division of the island of Cyprus by the Greek Cypriots, the Turkish Cypriots suffered under a campaign of ethnic violence.

In 1974, following a coup aimed at Cyprus’ annexation by Greece, Ankara had to intervene as a guarantor power. In 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was founded.

For many decades, there were talks to resolve the dispute, all of which ended in failure. The latest, held with the participation of the guarantor countries- Turkey, Greece and the U.K.- ended in 2017 in Switzerland.

In 2004, the plan of then-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a solution was accepted by the Turkish Cypriots but rejected by the Greek Cypriots in referendums held on both sides of the island.


In a recent report, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that "new ideas" may be needed for settling the issue of the island.

Turkish Cyprus slams US 

Meanwhile, top officials of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also slammed U.S. arms embargo decision. 

Speaking to U.S. ambassador to Greek Cyprus Judith Gail Garber by phone, TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı said the decision "was not a step in the right direction," according to a statement from the presidential office.

In the phone conversation initiated by Garber, Akıncı stressed that the decision would not encourage the Greek side to reach a comprehensive solution in Cyprus and would not serve peace, but on the contrary would help the Greek
side stay away from the negotiation table.

Akıncı underlined that it is necessary not to contribute to armament efforts in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean but to facilitate dialogue and reconciliation.

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