Turkey on Thursday rejected a joint declaration issued by Cyprus, Greece and Egypt in which they condemned Ankara’s actions on the island and in the eastern Mediterranean.
In a written statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said targeting the country every time the three countries meet as part of a tripartite cooperation pact, which supposedly aims at supporting peace, stability and cooperation in the region “proves the true intentions of these countries.”
“Real cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean can only be achieved through a comprehensive approach with the participation of the Turkish Cypriots and all coastal countries,” Ankara said.
The statement claimed it was Cyprus, Greece and Egypt that created the problems in the region, and they could not resolve problems if they did not change “their hostile and maximalist policies.”
“We will continue to protect both our rights in the eastern Mediterranean with determination, and the rights of the Turkish Cypriots,” the statement said.
In a declaration that followed the 8th session of their cooperation, the three countries condemned the opening of part of the fenced off town of Varosha and called on Turkey to terminate its provocative actions.
They also expressed their grave concern over the recent escalation within the maritime zones in the eastern Mediterranean and the increased militarisation of the region “that threatens the wider stability, peace, and security”.
After meeting President Nicos Anastasiades and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said they all agreed that Ankara is “blatantly” violating international law.
“Turkey’s leadership has fantasies of imperial behaviour with aggressive behaviour from Syria to Libya, Somalia to Cyprus, from the Aegean to the Caucus,” he said.