- Strong reaction from Özersay to Netanyahu ….
- Kalın: “We have not allowed the creation of actual situations that violate our rights so far” ….
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay received the ‘Turkish Youth Association UK’ on 24th December ….
Strong reaction from Özersay to Netanyahu
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay reacted strongly to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements that ‘Turkey has occupied North Cyprus’.
In his statement to Demirören News Agency (DHA), Özersay said that Turkey is not an occupant, it is the most important country which has provided stability both in the island and in the region since 1974. It is also the guarantee of peace continuing for 44 years in Cyprus.
Özersay added “Turkey’s existence in Cyprus is based on the Guarantee Agreement. If Israel is trying to find an occupant, there is no need to go far and distort the facts”.
“Which agreement or legal argument do they base their existence on, in Palestine’s territory? The firewall which they built is accepted by the International Court of Justice as illegal and also as a step which violates human rights. If the Security Council has not condemned their occupation which has continued up to today, it is because of their US support and veto. I want to stress that Turkey did the necessary intervention as a guarantor country in accordance with the agreements” Özersay stressed.
Özersay emphasized that a similar understanding of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” would only give harm in this century.
Özersay continued: “It has been said that Israel’s alliance with the Greek Cypriot side is not against anybody however their recent statements and attitude reveal that the cooperation initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean is exclusivist and marginalized. I hope Israel does not fall in line with the Greek Cypriot side’s policies against Turkey otherwise the stability of the region will be in danger” Özersay said.
“Criticizing Israel’s relations with the Greek Cypriot side, he said “this togetherness which was shaped against Turkey and the TRNC is becoming clearer with the latest statements and it has been seen that it is not a peace initiative. I recommend everyone who gives importance to regional peace to think not once but a few times” Özersay added.
Kalın: “We have not allowed the creation of actual situations that violate our rights so far”
Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın yesterday made a statement regarding the decision of withdrawal of US troops from Syria. In his statement, he also touched upon the Cyprus problem. In the Eastern Mediterranean, “We have not allowed the creation of actual situations that violate our rights arising from international law so far, and we will also not allow in the future.” Kalın said.
“We want to announce once more to all sides. Our aim is to make the Eastern Mediterranean the sea of peace, and to provide the sharing of the natural resources to be explored among both the Turkish Cypriot side and the Greek Cypriot side, also the neighbouring countries Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey in a fair way. Our aim is also to provide these resources as a factor of sharing and wealth, not as a factor of tension. We do not want to experience any tension in the Eastern Mediterranean. If any steps which violate our law are taken, we will react”.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay received the ‘Turkish Youth Association UK’ on 24th December.
‘Turkish Youth Association UK’ was established in October 2018 with the participation of young people who were born and are living in the UK and who are currently studying in the UK. At the reception where the President Nafiya Horozoğlu and three members were present, Minister Özersay was given information about the establishment, contacts and activities of the association.
Indicating that the association has taken an important step in respect of uniting the new generation Minister Özersay said: “This will be very beneficial in terms of understanding the agenda, priorities and problems faced by the young people in the UK”. Özersay also expressed that this factor will contribute to the ‘Project of Turkish Cypriots Living Abroad’ and very successful tasks can be achieved in cooperation. Özersay also said that those people who have not lost their identity can be the most effective lobby for the promotion of a country in terms of art, politics and sports. Özersay hoped that the association will be able to reach more people.