The TRNC Foreign Ministry has criticized the EU Foreign Relations Council’s decision on Turkey’s drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the military offensive in Syria.
In a written statement on Tuesday, the Ministry said that the decision once again ignored the rights of Turkish Cypriots.
It accused the Greek Cypriot side of pursuing maximalist and provocative policies on the issue of hydrocarbons while rejecting the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal to cooperate on the issue.
“All decisions which exclude Turkish Cypriots are a violation of international law and are unacceptable,” the Ministry’s statement said.
It said that the Turkish Cypriot side has been pursuing a policy of good will and cooperation on the island’s natural resources for years.
“We have been repeating our proposal for cooperation to the Greek Cypriot leadership since 2011. Just this July, the Turkish Cypriot side took a step to reduce tensions arising from the Greek Cypriot side’s unilateral hydrocarbon activities by proposing the co-management of the island’s resources. This proposal was also rejected and the Greek Cypriot side continued to take one-sided steps,” the statement read.
The Ministry recalled that Cyprus did not only belong to Greek Cypriots and that no decision could be taken on the future of the island by excluding Turkish Cypriots.
It pointed out that the Greek Cypriot administration which had been accepted as a full member of the European Union (EU) in spite a violation of the Copenhagen Criteria was not legitimate and did not represent all rights on the island.
“There are two administrations, two separate peoples and two political wills as demonstrated during the referendum on the UN sponsored Annan Plan, the statement read, adding that the EU continued to spoil the Greek Cypriot administration.
It also stated that the EU’s stance against Turkey which had launched a military offensive in Syria on grounds of self-defence under UN Security Council resolutions was disappointing.
“Terrorism is one of the biggest problems which targets humankind today. The fight against terrorism should be every country’s top priority. On this notion, we support Turkey in its justified struggle and express our hope that the operation is concluded with success in the shortest period of time,” the statement concluded.