Greek Defense Minister: "Turkey is not working for a real solution"
Greek Minister of National Defence Panayiotis Beglitis stated earlier today that "Turkey does not work for a real solution of the Cyprus problem", noting that "Ankara seeks a solution that would serve its own interests."
In statements to the press following a meeting with Archbishop of the Church of Cyprus Chrysostomos II, Mr. Beglitis commented on statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is currently paying an illegal visit to the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus in order to take part in the so called festivities on the occasion of the tragic anniversary of the Turkish invasion against Cyprus on July 20th, 1974.
Pointing out the illegal nature of Mr. Erdogan's visit to the occupied areas, the Greek Minister went on to state that “the Turkish PM reaffirms once more that Turkey is not sincere and does not wish for a solution of the Cyprus problem but it merely wishes for a solution which would cater to its own interests."
"Mr.Erdogan’s statements", he continued, are “unacceptable and I believe the international community and the EU must analyze his statements, which show that for the Turkish Prime Minister, despite his communication tricks, the recent and the past ones, Turkey does not want to solve the Cyprus problem. So, let’s keep that in mind, let the UN, the EU keep that in mind, and see who truly works and has the political will to solve the Cyprus problem and who does not”, he stressed.
The Greek defense minister also encouraged both the Cypriot and Greek political leaderships to keep stressing to the international community who bears the responsibility for the situation in Cyprus, pointing out illegal presence of Turkish troops in the occupied areas of the island.
The solution in Cyprus, according to Mr. Beglitis, "must be a solution in the framework of the UN resolutions and decisions, the European Union, and should reunify the country and its people without any compromises."
He underlined the fact that Greece will continue to support Cyprus, “especially during this dramatic period” after the deadly blast which took place at Naval Base “Evaggelos Florakis” on July 11.