Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has said that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ statements delivered during his first official visit in South Cyprus one again proved that even if the government changes in Greece the Greek politicians’ dreams and wrong policies on Cyprus did not change.
Tatar said Mitsotakis ignored the historical facts when he demanded the end of the Turkish invasion as the highest strategic demand of Greek foreign policy.
“Kyriakos Mitsotakis tries to deny the fact that Turkey came to Cyprus upon a call made by the Turkish Cypriot people as a result of the bloody coup organized by Greece with the aim of turning Cyprus into a Hellenic island and for our safety of life and property and through using its guarantee rights” the Premier said.
“Even though the Greek Prime Minister tries to deny or bend the truth, Turkey prevented Cyprus to enter into the hegemony of the fascist Greek state, protected the Turkish Cypriots from massacres and helped Greece to regain democracy” he added.
Tatar also said that Mitsotakis should not forget that his father –a former Greek Prime Minister Konstantin Mitsotakis who escaped from Junta regime could return to Greece only after the fall of the Junta regime as a result of Turkey’s intervention in Cyprus.
Referring to the Greek Prime Minister’s claim that the solution of the Cyprus issue was meaningless without the lifting of the outdated guarantees, the Premier said “however, on the contrary to Mitsotakis, the majority of the Turkish Cypriot people say ‘the active and effective guarantee of Turkey is our only guarantee. We do not trust another system apart from this one. Turkey’s guarantee is not outdated. On the contrary, if there is no bloodshed in Cyprus and if the cease fire continues it’s because of Turkey’s guarantee.’”
“Therefore, the desire of Greece to take Turkey out of Cyprus was not only evil-minded but also did not coincide with the expectations of the Turkish Cypriot people” he added.
“In the mean time, Greece and the Greek Cypriot side who tried to threaten Turkey for its drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, who hint for using force if necessary and who called on the EU to help should know that it was not possible to prevent us and Turkey to protect our rights in the Eastern Mediterranean” Tatar said.
The preconditions put forward by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades during a joint press conference with Mitsotakis demanding the end of Turkey’s drilling activities and the Turkish Cypriot side to give up its plans on Maraş so that he can continue to meet with President Akıncı once again revealed that we should be very careful when we have contacts with the Greek Cypriots” the Premier said.
“While Anastasiades with his statements confirms our government’s view that a federal solution is no longer possible in Cyprus, he also justified our determination that contacts with the Greek Cypriot side which are not planned well would harm our people” Tatar added.