Nicosia, Cyprus – Cooperation between Southern Cyprus, Greece and Egypt aims to safeguard peace and stability in the region on the basis of international law, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades said during a trilateral summit in Nicosia Wednesday, emphasizing that the scheme was not directed against any third country.

Anastasiades also criticized a recent decision by Turkish Cypriot authorities to partially reopen the beach town of Varosha, a former resort area fenced off and abandoned in no-man’s land since Turkey’s 1974 cyprus peace operation divided the Mediterranean island.

“Turkey is escalating tensions with a series of illegal actions,” Anastasiades said, while urging Turkey to respect United Nations’ resolutions on Cyprus.

Greek PM slams Turkey’s ‘imperial fantasies’

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday slammed Turkey’s “imperial fantasies,” saying that Turkey’s aggressive actions have pitted the country against regional powers.

Speaking after a trilateral summit between Greece, Southern Cyprus and Egypt in Nicosia, Mitsotakis accused Turkey of “entertaining imperial fantasies with aggressive actions stretching from Syria to Libya and from the Aegean to the Caucasus.”

Mitsotakis said that Turkey’s “successive unilateral provocations coupled with extreme rhetoric” were in violation of international law while also contradicting the positions of major powers such as the United States and Russia, as well as the Arab world.

He added that the maritime boundaries deal between Turkey and the Tripoli-based government, which Greece has denounced as illegal, “exacerbated the crisis in Libya.”