Çavuşoğlu: EU’s position in the Eastern Mediterranean is unjust

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu attended the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Relations via a video conference and evaluated the current situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Çavuşoğlu underlined that the relations of the European Union and Turkey were not on the best of terms, however this should not stand in the way of establishing a sincere dialogue. Çavuşoğlu said ‘Turkey is ready to ease the tension and we believe we can carry out our relations with dialogue and cooperation’.

Minister Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey’s strategy is two-dimensional; one is the definition of maritime zones based on International Law and the other is the protection of Turkish Cypriots and their rights. Çavuşoğlu pointed out that the current tension in the Eastern Mediterranean has been created by Greece and the Greek Cypriots who try to usurp the rights of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots.

Source. TRNC Public Information Office

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  1. Although reunification based on Annan plan would have been the ideal solution, however, after 57 years of fruitless negotiations, the time has come to accept the reality and call it a day. We know President Akinci has tried very hard for an amicable solution but his ideas have fallen on deaf ears. A stone heart has no life nor love. Therefore, Turkey should make TRNC a federal state of Turkey with TRNC governing their own affairs. Foreign affairs and other international matters would be Turkey’s responsibility. UN Force in Cyprus should leave as they would no longer have a role to play in Cyprus and devote their precious resources where they are needed.

    TRNC ports would become free to carry out international trade and so would the airport with direct flights from the rest of the world. Border with South Cyprus would be like any other international border.