Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay on Tuesday evening slammed the US’s decision to partially lift the arms embargo imposed on South Cyprus, expressing disappointment.
He said the lifting of the arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot side was an unfortunate development for peace and stability in the region.
Özersay, in a written statement, said that everyone needed to question carefully what it meant to lift an arms embargo which was initially imposed to shield efforts to reach a solution to the Cyprus Problem.
“Patting the Greek Cypriot leadership on the back this way will unfortunately further encourage its unilateral behavior in the Eastern Mediterranean aimed at usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriot side,” he said.
Özersay added that everyone should expect the Greek Cypriot side, which was already reluctant to share the state, its administration and wealth with the Turkish Cypriots, to adopt a tougher stance in the period ahead.
“This geography has witnessed many injustices and wrongful or biased acts. The lifting of the US embargo will be just one more of those acts but we will not abandon our rights and our struggle in the region,” he said.