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South’s refusal of Turkey’s help to fight fire was political

24 June 2016

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that the Greek Cypriot side had attempted to gain advantages even in a “sensitive situation” such as the fire on the Troodos Mountains and in the face of a “humanitarian approach”, referring to Turkey’s offer to help extinguish the fire raging in the mountains.

Responding to a question on the issue during a joint press conference on Wednesday in Ankara with TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, Cavusoglu said: “They were trying to make Turkish planes and helicopters land on the Greek Cypriot side. This is not something which we could accept. I am saying this to the Greek Cypriot sector – at least do not misuse such humanitarian issues, do not try to drag them elsewhere”.

Meanwhile, Kibris Postasi reports that Turkish deputy Prime Minister Responsible for Cyprus Affairs Tugrul Turkes, commented on the fact that the aid Turkey offered for extinguishing the fire that broke out on the Troodos Mountains was not accepted in the end.

He spoke about the events during a meeting he held with the TRNC Minister of Public Works and Transportation Kemal Durust, who is currently visiting Ankara.

Turkes accused the Greek Cypriots of showing their lack of care, once again. They could have accepted help from Turkey but they would involve politics in the discussion about whether the water used was coming from the north or the south, and added: “I just hope that they will get their head together as soon as possible so that all these issues get under control.”

Vatan, Kibris Postasi

 

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