Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has said Turkey will continue to safeguard peace and security in Cyprus on the basis of the Treaties of Guarantees and Alliance.
“Turkey will continue to protect its rights and interests,” said Akar in his address during a medal ceremony for war veterans who took part in the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation.
Praising the sacrifices of the veterans, Akar said that there were peace and freedom on the island as a result of the Turkish Peace Operation.
“Our noble nation which has supported the Turkish Cypriot peoples’ struggle for freedom and existence for half a century is in solidarity with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus,” he said.
Akar expressed the hope that a better future awaits the Turkish Cypriot people.
“Turkey will continue to safeguard peace and security in Cyprus in line with the Treaties of Guarantees and Alliance and will continue to protect its legitimate rights and interests,” said Akar.
He said that Turkey supported all efforts to find solutions to all the problems in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean through peaceful methods, good neighbourly relations and the basis of international law.
“We shall however not stand idle against any attempts to carry out a fait accompli. Everyone must know that. There is no chance for any decision that excludes Turkey or which does not have its approval to be implemented,” Akar concluded.