Turkish-Cypriot Official Wants US to Reject Cyprus Arms Embargo End

US Senator Robert Menendez. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

Ending a long-standing ban on selling arms to Cyprus – the legitimate government – would threaten what he called “the peace and stability” on the divided island where there isn’t any, the self-declared Deputy Prime Minister of the occupied territory there said.

Writing in The Hill, a US political website specializing in affairs around the White House and Congress, Prof. Kudret Özersay said the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Partnership Act authored by US Senators. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.),which would end the arms embargo, should be rejected.

The Turkish side is allowed to get arms but not the Cypriot government, a member of the European Union that Turkey wants to join while refusing to recognize the island and barring Cypriot ships and planes and keeping a 35,000-strong army there.

Ozersay said allowing Cyprus to have arms during a time when Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Turkey incursions into the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to look for oil and gas constitutes a “second invasion” would be perilous.

While Anastasiades was referring to the unlawful 1974 invasion that saw Turkey occupy the northern third, Ozersay wrote that lifting the embargo “is simply the worst move for the region,” with Turkey wanting to keep a monopoly on arms.

The Turkish-Cypriot official said what he called South Cyprus “is already known to be acquiring heavy weapons and all sorts of defense articles. Lifting the U.S. arms embargo won’t necessarily stop these purchases, but would give the impression that the U.S. is backing an arms-race on the island.”

He said arming the Cypriot side would remove any incentive for more negotiations to unify the island after the July, 2017 collapse of talks at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when “A decision by the U.S. government to lift the arms ban on the Greek Cypriot side would contradict its stated policy of supporting a just and lasting settlement and make it significantly harder for both sides, who have discussed the future of the island for more than 50 years, to achieve a compromise,” he wrote.

He blamed decades of troubles on the Greek-Cypriot side that he said was solely responsible for violence and subjecting Turkish-Cypriots “to brutal treatment” before the invasion 45 years ago.

“Despite good-faith efforts by Turkish Cypriot leaders, many rounds of negotiations have ended without a conclusion. Many in the international community share the view that the Greek Cypriot leaders appear unwilling to agree to any settlement that would include even the slightest hint of power-sharing. The status quo serves them well,” he said.

He didn’t mention Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they won’t remove their army and wanted the right to militarily intervene when they wanted.

With the US energy giant ExxonMobil reporting the discovery of a large field of gas in an area of the EEZ where it’s licensed to drill, Erdogan sent two energy research vessels and a Navy frigate to the area.

“Rather than advancing provocative legislation, the U.S. should be taking clear and unambiguous steps aimed to alleviate tensions,” he said, including barring Cyprus, but not the Turkish-Cypriot side, from being able to buy arms.

7 Comments

    1. Simply. Yes. So they can dominate weaker less able ones as all bullies do.

  1. Why does TNH.feature the corrupt ” pay to play” Greek Secret Society Mason.senator from New Jersey…Robert Menendez who is merely representing the interests of his client the state of Israel to lay claim to the oil and gas reserves of Cyprus!

    The self-declared Deputy Prime Minister of the occupied territory of Cyprus merely recites the standard narrative of Robert Menendez and Nato to justify the invasions, economic warfare, and war crimes bombings of Yugoslavia, Afganistan, Iraq, libya, Syria Yemen, Somalia, and what Menendez, the greatest Hellene in History with Marco Rubio. have personally coordinated with Donnie Trump… the economic , political , and military wars on the independent countries of the world!

    “He blamed decades of troubles on the Greek-Cypriot side that he said was solely responsible for violence and subjecting Turkish-Cypriots “to brutal treatment” before the invasion 45 years ago.”

    ” Lifting the U.S. arms embargo won’t necessarily stop these purchases, but would give the impression that the U.S. is backing an arms-race on the island

    Like Menendez, the Deputy. portrays Nato Turkey.actions of occupation murder, ethnic and religious cleansing of Greek Cypriots in Northern Cyprus ,as a humanitarian effort to save the people of Cyprus!

    Menendez, just asked Tsipras to join him to wage economic warfare on Venezuela, to rescue the abused people of Venezuela, by starving them to death,.if they do not surrender their elected…

  2. The Deputy is right, the only reason for now ending an embargo on Cyprus .which will be approved..when ever Exxon Mobil and Israel benefit from any deal..is to punish the insubordination of Turkey for no longer cooperating in Syria with Israel , Saudi Arabia, and the U.S to continue a war started by them to occupy Syria.and for purchasing arms from the boogeyman and enemy of not America, or the world …Russia, but fascist ideologically degenerates infested in our Government, who have not found a war they didn’t like!

    TNH, .the Public relations arm of Greek Secret Society of Ahepa Mason and Robert Menendez to distort and lie to the Greek Community,should explain,.

    What is the big deal about ending the U.S embargo of arms sales to Cyprus?

    Can not Anastasides not buy equivalent weapons from other countries?

    Imagine that , Anastasides is going to take a 2 million dollar kickback to buy arms from America..and give control of Cyprus oil and gas reserves to the U.S and Israel!

    By the way, TNH, who does Menendez represent in placing massive oil rigs in the pristine waters and shores of Cyprus .which are already banned or shortly to be entirely banned by the East and West coast communities of America!

    Did Menendez and Anastasides advise the Greek communities of Cyprus of what damage the oil residue and spills from these Rigs will have on the fishing, tourist, hotel and shore property, marine life, beaches and all businesses..the economy of Cyprus!…

  3. Yes now that money is there to be made Cyprus seems important, all sides trying to use her, Oil, Gas, Military Bases, Ports, China’s Belt Road to World Domination Sad Cyprus still a pawn. Cyprus should just be another Greek Island, Enosis….Now any weapons won’t be used, all Cypriot Idiot Leaders too afraid too lose, Money that is…Now its lift the embargo, No it will cause tension? We are occupied by a foreign force, too many lost opportunities to get it back, Still say every member of the Junta that did nothing that would be them, Should be dug up and thrown into the Sea, none deserve to rest in greek soil..Oh and to that guy that thinks we are too mean on here, Fuvk You Too!.

  4. The number 1 rated beaches and water of the 28 EU countries is the pristine beaches and coastline of Cyprus!
    The dominant economic core is the tourism business and service sector which contributes 80 of the Gnp of Cyprus!

    The tourist business draws almost 3 million people and growing a year… led by Britain at 900,00, and closely followed by Russians at about 800,000! The U.S and France not even detected on the Tourist numbers!

    Yet here is the vision Anastasidis is of Cyprus … massive Oil rigs pumping oil in the pristine waters of Cyprus which will show up as oil slicks not only from spills from these platforms , but the massive amount of oil tankers distributing crude oil to the customers of Exxon Mobil, Total .and whoever the Turkish production platform is !

    This oil slick and spill will gradually begin polluting the marine life and waters of Cyprus and beaches, taint the fresh seafood industry of Cyprus, and threaten the quality of water tourist swim and boast in ! Then when your favorite Russian or Brit stops showing up…your hotel an d restaurants with fish, not lathered in Olive oil ,but crude black oil will lose their business, and do you think anybody is going to invest in ocean front property!

    Then if you survive that , you will have to navigate thru the U.S and Nato fleets which include the U.S, France, Britain , and Turkey..who will be docked in new built bases!

    Cyprus will be Kuwait ..a gas station with 7 sheiks!

    1. Deja Vu:
      Exxon Valdez oil spill, 1989
      Taylor Energy oil spill, 2004
      Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 2010

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