Nicosia, Cyprus – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has reiterated Turkey’s support for a two-state solution to the division of Cyprus, while accusing maximalist – irredentist Greece of trying to rally international support against his country.
“Two states existing side by side can cooperate between them in every possible way,” Cavusoglu said after talks with Turkish Cypriot officials in the Turkish Cypriot side Monday.
“If the Greek Cypriot side is sincere about wanting to treat Turkish Cypriots as equals, then it will recognize their political sovereignty and we will cooperate,” he said.
Turkey’s calls for a two-state solution on the Mediterranean island are rejected by the Greek Cypriot side, Greece, the European Union and the United States.
In the same comments, Cavusoglu accused Greek officials of “griping” to the international community over bilateral disputes and of unfairly accusing Turkey of preparing to attack Greece.
“We did not expect Greek Prime Minister [Kyriakos Mitsotakis] to speak well of us to the EU or the [US] Congress,” the Turkish minister said, adding that regional developments have been the focus on many talks that did not include Turkey.”
“Turkey was not at all affected by these [talks],” he said.
Greece reacts to Cavusoglu comments
Greece has reacted to the latest statements by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu who on Monday accused Greece of seeking to rally international support against Turkey.
Diplomatic sources quoted by state broadcaster ERT said that Greece “will not be drawn into a sterile confrontation” with Turkey.
“We have responded to Turkey’s baseless claims with maps and letters. Greece responds calmly and with evidence,” the same sources said.
During a visit to the TRNC in northern Cyprus, which is recognized only by Turkey, Cavusoglu accused Greek officials of “griping” to the international community over bilateral disputes and of unfairly accusing Turkey of preparing to attack Greece. He also reiterated Turkish calls for a two-state solution on the ethnically-split island.