Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides said on Sunday that his country will not surrender to what he described as “illegal actions and unacceptable positions” on the Turkish side.
“We are responding with all available means, through our membership of the European Union, strategic alliances with all neighboring countries and international diplomacy, in an attempt to strengthen our positions and proposals”, said the minister, citing the agency of Cypriot press.
“We have made it clear to the international community that the Cyprus agreement will not deviate from United Nations resolutions and the agreed framework on a bizonal and bicommunal union,” he added.
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In previous statements, the Cypriot Defense Minister has accused Turkey of destabilizing the region and exporting the Brotherhood ideology for its interests, expecting the imposition of European sanctions shortly 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 in resolving the disputes.
He also announced that his country will complete oil and gas exploration in its territorial waters.
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