Ankara: We will send more forces to protect the Turkish Cypriots

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Ankara said Thursday that it will send more troops to the Turkish Republic of Cyprus to protect the Turks in it and provide all the weapons they need.

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This came in a speech delivered by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during his participation in the youth forum organized by Pamukkale University in the Turkish state of Denizli.

Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey will continue to defend its rights in the island of Cyprus and the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, “even if the whole world stands against it.”

And about the United States lifting the arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot administration, he said: “I asked my American counterpart in one of our meetings about the reason for this step, and I told him in exchange for what you give these weapons?”

Çavuşoğlu stressed that Turkey is continuing its diplomatic efforts to defend its rights in Cyprus, the Aegean and the Mediterranean.

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And in mid-September, the Turkish Foreign Ministry strongly condemned Washington’s extension of its decision taken in September 2020 to lift the arms embargo to the Greek Cypriot administration for one year during the 2023 fiscal year.

On the other hand, Çavuşoğlu pointed out that the epidemic, climate change, migration crises, terrorism, energy and food are common problems of all mankind.

The Turkish minister said that the current international system is unable to respond to these crises and that there is no solidarity between countries.

He explained that there is a need for actors who give priority to restraint, dialogue and diplomacy in such stages.

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He pointed out that all countries consider Turkey a major player in dozens of sensitive issues related to its region and the world, and that the whole world is aware of Turkey’s leading role in combating terrorism.

Çavuşoğlu stated that Turkey is at the forefront of countries that do not practice double standards and hypocrisy in combating terrorism, unlike other countries.

And he indicated that there are countries that use terrorists in order to divide and weaken other countries and some of the political entities in these countries.

In this regard, he referred to the explicit support provided by the United States and some European countries to the terrorist “PKK-YPG” organization to divide Syria.

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He stressed that Turkey does not distinguish between terrorist organizations at all, warning that terrorism, like a snake, may one day come and bite its supporters as well.

Turkey is carrying out operations to combat the “PKK-PKK”, which targets its forces and citizens and is active in several countries in the region, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.