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Defence Minister Vows to Protect Maritime Sovereignty

Defence Minister Vows to Protect Maritime Sovereignty

June 05
09:37 2018

Turkey will never allow a ‘fait accompli’ that would diminish its role and sovereignty at sea, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli has vowed, indirectly referring to Greece and Greek Cyprus. “We will never allow any attempt or step that would jeopardize or destroy Turkey’s interests in the sea,” Canikli said while aboard the frigate TCG ‘Giresun’ in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

The TCG ‘Giresun’ is deployed for patrolling and surveillance missions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea “Those who have plans for an attack or threats against Turkey should think twice. We have to take measures to protect this country’s interests in our seas, as we do everywhere. And we are taking them,” Canikli said.

The minister said that Turkey has noticed that some countries are making efforts to introduce new versions of the “Byzantine games” in a bid to eliminate Turkey’s maritime interests. “We will never allow this,” he said. “We will do whatever is necessary,” he added.

The Minister’s indirect comments regarding Greece and South Cyprus came nearly two weeks after Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar made a similar statement on the issue.

North Cyprus News - Turkish Chief of Staff - General Hulusi AkarTurkey’s Chief of the Staff General Hulusi Akar stated that activities necessary for the protection of rights and interests arising from international law and agreements, are being carried out in the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Cyprus.

Speaking at an event last week, General Akar said: “Turkey is in favour of resolving the current problems in the Aegean within the framework of international law and good-neighbourly relations.

“However, activities necessary for the protection of our rights and interests arising from international law and agreements are being carried out with determination, especially in the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Cyprus”.

Hurriyet, TRNC Public Information Office