Cyprus Minister: Turkey Complicit in Migrant Trafficking

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 file photo, migrants from Syria walk towards a refugee camp at Kokkinotrimithia, outside of the capital Nicosia, in the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

NICOSIA (AP) — Cyprus’ interior minister is accusing Turkey and breakaway Turkish Cypriots of helping to traffick migrants to the internationally recognized southern part of the ethnically split island nation.

Constantinos Petrides told state radio Monday it’s “now certain” that a mass influx of migrants is arriving by aircraft to the breakaway north of Cyprus from Turkey.

He called Turkish Cypriot authorities facilitators of people trafficking rings, in collaboration with Turkey, adding that this “cannot be tolerated on a European level.”

Petrides said that, in May alone, 747 migrants crossed southward. Many of the arrivals are from Africa and Asia, with Syrians comprising only 25-30% of arrivals.

He said this can’t continue and that Cyprus’ policy of accepting third-country asylum claimants through the breakaway north will be reviewed.

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  1. The title of this article should read Cypriot Minister: Cyprus complicit in war crimes bombing of Iraq, libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen etc etc…and now planning to commit genocide in Iran!

    .Nato commander:President Nicos Anastasiades and his ruling DISY party of the Nato aircraft carrier called Cyprus, and now planning to add a massive Gas station of Nato says.” the time isn’t right to remove British bases without explaining why as they have been there for 59 years. DISY said if Brexit happens that that Cyprus and the UK need to to agree on arrangements AVOID HARDHIIPS FOR CYPRIOT GREEKS!

    LET ME HELP,MR. ANASTASIADES , WHO WITH TSIPRAS HAS SET BACK THE GREEK CULTURE .AS LEADERS.TO BEGGARS WHO PROSTITUTE THEMSELVES AND THEIR COUNTRIES TO REMAIN IN POWER!

    ANASTASIADES..YOU HAVE VIOLATED THE NUMBER ONE OBLIGATION YOU HAVE TO THE PEOPLE OF CYPRUS ..THEIR SECURITY AND PEACE!

    British Bases in Cyprus to commit war crimes bombing of Syria Iraq,Libya, Yemen, etc to allegedly protect Civilians….but unwilling to bomb Turks in Northern Cyprus to protect Cypriot civilians from ethnic and religious cleansing in violation of Cypriot Independence agreement!

    It is the British who declared, not Anastasiades and his corrupt rulling party. that the’” Greek Cypriot citizens are secure” from legitimate reprisals to the British continued bombing and military support of Terrorist rebels in Syria, Iraq , libya, Yemen etc by the countries attacked by the British from Cyprus!

  2. continued..Today, in light of the fact, that the Russian Federation has warned England….that further attacks which threaten or harm their troops in Syria will be subject Cyprus to massive destruction.and the bases in Cyprus would be prime targets…

    Keep in mind, the Russian Federation has 15 Naval Frigates armed to the teeth with nuclear tipped missiles sitting in the oceans between Cyprus and Syria!

    No legitimate government would allow a foreign government to impose war on their people, and destroy their security and peace, unless they really are not the legitimate government of Cyprus!

    Anastasiades..is no more than a British subject..and should be removed with the British Bases!

    If not.Greek Cypriots the entire population of Cyprus should be marching to the gates of these war mongers ..and closing their borders entrances ..demanding their removal! And that includes the workers and hired accessories to their war crimes! That is what they do in Spain against illegal British occupational bases!
    That is what they are doing in Okinawa, South Korea against U.S bases and in Germany…unreported by Associated Press and TNH!

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