Turkish Defense Minister Says Army Staying on Cyprus

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar addresses a meeting of his country's ambassadors, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Akar says his country would like to establish a safe zone in northeast Syria jointly with the United States but would act alone if necessary.(Turkish Defence Ministry via AP, Pool)

In likely another undercutting of hopes to reunify Cyprus more than 45 years after Turkey invaded and occupied the northern third of the island, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi said his country will keep its 35,000-strong standing army there as a guarantor power.

Greece is also a guarantor of security for Cyprus but doesn’t keep troops there as there’s also a United Nations peacekeeping force along with the other legal protector, the United Kingdom, the former Colonial ruler which still has military bases on the island.

Akar, who visited Turkish troops on the islan,  said that when Turkey talks of peace, the Greeks see it as weakness, while when Turkey says it will not accept faits accomplis, Greece sees it as a threat, said Kathimerini.

“So our neighbors should gather their mind and see matters objectively,” he said, adding that Turkey’s views about Cyprus have been the same since 1974 and after Turkish officials had warned they were ready to invade again if pushed too far.

Despite the belligerent talk he said Turkey wants good relations with Cyprus – which it doesn’t recognize while barring its ship and planes even though it’s a member of the European Union that Turkey has been trying to join since 2005.

Adding to the tension, Turkey has two drillships hunting for energy in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ,) parts of which it also doesn’t recognize and there’s worry there could be a conflict after the United States said the waters belong to Cyprus.

The legitimate government has licensed foreign companies, including American energy giant ExxonMobil to look for oil and gas in the region. A Turkish warship is nearby protecting its countries drillships while the US Sixth Fleet is in the region as well.

5 Comments

  1. And why not …Nato white supremacist colonialist Britain and soon Nato Ally U.S will occupy Cyprus with U.S and British bases to continue to wage war against the world,if Anastasiades continues to be a traitor to Cyprus..and accepts the East Med Partnership act now being formulated by the self appointed President of the United States .. the Supreme President of the Secret Society of Ahepa Masons..who would support Adolph Hitler ,if he happened to be the leader of a ruling party of fascist which in now quite obvious to the informed world..the no nothing caretaker and fantasy camp owner of TNH..GEORGE HORAITIS …whose claim to fame , is having District Governors and non Greek members of one of the cult chapters ..file a false Police report claiming that the President of one of Georgi’s cult chapter..had been excommunicated from the Greek Orthodox church, in order to have police show up to remove the President from his own church, to obstruct the President presentation to his chapter..that exposed unethical conduct and act of Discrimination by Georgi and members of the Supreme Order of the Ahepa fraudulent.Lodge!

    What makes them even more dangerous ..the President of the Church board ..a die hard Ahepa cult member refused to provide police with letter to refute the false police report ..knowing that Mr. Horaitis and his associates would be spending 2 years in Prison for filing a False police report!

    However, the local Metropolitan did refute the obvious!

    1. For now, there are 35,000 Turkish troops illegally occupying and EU country, if you didn’t noticed in your habitual conspiracy websites which obviously forget to talk about Erdogan’s public vows to rebuild an Ottomaniac empire. This same Erdogan who, how funny, publicly declared that the “Nazi regime was an effective form of government”…
      There is no need to look for dubious secret society lodges or other paranoid follies : the invaders are here for 45 years, pfff!

    1. It’s clear that UNSC should consider taking measures and ORDER occupation troops to LEAVE.
      EU shall also consider taking measures.
      Turkey’s behaviour is intolerable under international law.

  2. No deal for so-called Cypriot “reunification” should be accepted by Cyprus or by Greece. The Turks cannot be trusted.

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