Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a joint press conference with Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Tatar. Erdogan, ‘ the head of the main opposition party probably confused research ships that belong to TSK as enemy flags. We will introduce the Turkish flag to the head of the main opposition party,’ he said.
President Erdogan and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) held a joint press conference at the Presidential Complex after head-to-head and inter-delegation talks.
“Turkey continues to support its efforts for the security and prosperity of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and we will continue to do so,” Erdogan said, expressing great pleasure to welcome Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Tatar and his accompanying delegation in Ankara. As we defend our own rights, we will continue to defend the interests of the Turkish Cypriots on the island and in the region with the same determination. The emergence of the problem and its arrival thus far are entirely due to the irreconcilable attitude of the Greeks., “he said.
‘IT’S THE EU’S OWN SHAME’
Turkey’s intervention in Cyprus is due to bloody attacks on the descendants there, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said:
“Those who tried to seize the island by pouring the blood of the Turkish Cypriots yesterday are pursuing the same aim as the political and economic attacks today. It is a shame that the European Union stands by the Greek Cypriot side, which has not kept any of its promises to the United Nations and the international community on solving the island problem. The steps taken during the Kofi Annan period in particular, and unfortunately going to a referandum as a result of Greeks attitude and while Turkish Cypriots stood by their promises, the Greek Cypriots did not, but unfortunately south was taken to the EU, the north was excluded.”
‘WE WILL CONTINUE THE SEARCH WITH THE SAME DETERMINATION’
Reminding that the promises made at the financial point were not kept, President Erdogan said:
“The same situation continues today. The European Union, which has announced so-called measures against our country and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus due to hydrocarbon exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, is harming itself and not us with this attitude. Turkey is one of the three guarantor countries in addition to its deep historical ties with the island through the Cyprus issue. Because it is one of the three guarantor countries, it also has a say. It does not concern us that those who have no word over here go around and dispose their ideas. We are continuing this search with the same determination.
‘EVERY STEP TAKEN BY THE EUROPEAN UNION…’
In the middle of all this, unfortunately, the craziest approach here is that since we do not know them officially; the only respondent to the Greek Cypriot side is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The European Union, in its way of intervening in this issue, has fallen into a position of defending not equality, not inequality, not fairness, not injustice, not peace, but cruelty on the island. Unfortunately, every step taken by the European Union and the international community encourages the Greek Cypriots towards a deadlock, not a solution. The main important thing in this process is that the Turkish Cypriots keep strong unity, and solidarity within themselves.”
‘IF THERE ARE ANY WHO DO NOT TAKE LESSONS, THE NECESSARY ANSWER WILL BE GIVEN’
Erdogan stressed that if the Greek Cypriot side comes to the ground of a sincere and realistic compromise, the solution path expected by everyone on the island will be opened, “until the day comes, like Turkey, along with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will continue to take steps in accordance with our road map in all areas., “he said.
“Those who want to test our country’s determination on this issue should have taken the necessary lessons so far. If there are still those who do not take lessons from what happened, I would like to inform that we will not hesitate to give them the necessary answers.”