The Greek Cypriot side [as he calls EU and UN member Republic of Cyprus]should ‘learn sharing’ in Eastern Mediterranean, Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.
During his meeting with Turkish Cypriots in the Yeni Erenkoy region of Turkish occupied Cyprus, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said nobody can interfere Turkey’s activities in Eastern Mediterranean.
Cavusoglu said Turkey will continue standing by the Turkish Cypriot people “without any hesitation and without compromising anything”.
Cavusoglu reiterated that the Turkish Cypriot side had proposed to establish a “participative, fair and solution-oriented” joint committee with the Greek Cypriot side, adding that the Greek administration had rejected it.
“We want to warn them from here that no one, no matter whether the EU, Greece, or whoever backs you, cannot and will not interfere our activities here. What you have to do here is to learn sharing,” he said.
The minister stressed that a solution to Cyprus issue couldn’t be found for 60 years as the Greek Cypriots “doesn’t know sharing”, adding that Turkish Cypriots and Turkey seek a solution.
Turkey has consistently contested the drilling activities by the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ, in the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting that the puppet state Turkey has set up in territories it forcibly occupies also has rights to the resources in the area.
Since spring this year, Ankara has sent two drilling vessels — Fatih and Yavuz — to the Eastern Mediterranean, asserting the illegitimate claims of Turkey and its puppet to the resources of the region.