Cypriot Defense Minister Charlambos Petrides stressed on Tuesday that Turkey is destabilizing the region and is leading the Brotherhood ideology for its own interests, expecting European sanctions to be imposed soon due to its recent behavior and actions.
In a statement to Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath, he added that the international community is asking Ankara to immediately withdraw its steps in Varosha.
He also continued that his country hopes to strengthen military cooperation with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, noting that it has decided to increase military cooperation with Egypt due to its importance in the stability of the region.
He stressed that Turkey’s actions hinder a solution to the Varosha conflict, noting that it has ignored all UN resolutions relating to the two countries.
He added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to cooperate to resolve the controversial issues.
He also announced that his country will complete oil and gas exploration in its territorial waters.
Erdogan’s comments sparked international outrage
Interestingly, the name of the Cypriot city of Varosha is back in circulation in recent days, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had promised to transfer control of the abandoned city to the Turkish Cypriots, which aroused strong opposition from all global and regional powers.
A few days ago the foreign ministers of Cyprus and Greece confirmed that they are coordinating the next steps on this issue, underlining that the next few days will be decisive.
Cyprus Greece completely refuses
The two sides expressed their rejection of Turkey’s solutions to the Cyprus problem, and Christodoulides was quoted by the Cyprus news agency that Turkey’s provocative measures in occupied Cyprus aim to promote other forms of solutions to the Cyprus problem. , which neither we nor the international community will accept.
Furthermore, Washington condemned the announcement by the Turkish president to reopen Varosha, the ghost town in eastern Cyprus, which was abandoned by its original Greek Cypriot inhabitants nearly half a century ago, and the Turkish Cypriots today, with the support of Ankara, they want to reopen under their administration.
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