Turkey’s behavior is causing instability throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, Defence Minister says

Turkey’s behavior is causing instability throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said on Tuesday, while noting that the Republic of Cyprus continues its efforts for a Cyprus settlement through diplomatic, legal and political means.

The Minister, who visited an army camp in Larnaca District, was called to comment on Turkish provocative actions in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Unfortunately, this escalation continues more intensely, Angelides said. He added that we will continue our efforts, with the ultimate goal to terminate this illegality.

According to the Minister, Turkey started displaying a behavior that creates instability throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, having as a pretext its so-called agreement with Libya.

Angelides also said that we must continue through diplomatic, legal and political means to achieve our goal which in the end of the day is the solution of the Cyprus problem and which will bring about tranquility and stability in the region.

The Minister of Defence also said that all previous activity to enhance cooperation with neighboring countries is at this stage bearing fruit. It is not only a matter of solidarity, we also expect actions in order to deal with Turkey’s provocations in the region, he added.

Asked if he expects any hot incident on the part of Turkey, the Minister replied that the situation is being evaluated on a daily basis. He said that Turkey is pushing towards this direction, he added however that he believes that we are far from such a danger, due to Cyprus’ behaviour, prudence and the actions that are being undertaken.

Despite existing provocations, we must continue our policy and strategy, in order to upgrade our bilateral and trilateral relations with neighboring and EU countries, he said.

The Minister also sent a message to the people, saying that we are always evaluating the situation and I believe that with all these actions, there is a sense of security.

Source: Cyprus News Agency