Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reiterated Turkey’s support for a two-state solution in Cyprus and attacked Greece for its international diplomacy.
“Two states existing side by side can cooperate with each other in every possible way,” Cavusoglu said on Monday evening (local time).
“If the Greek Cypriot side sincerely wants to treat Turkish Cypriots as equals, then it will recognize their political sovereignty and we will cooperate. Greek officials are attacking the international community and unfairly accusing Turkey of preparing to attack Greece.
Mr Cavusoglu also accused Greece of saying Athens was trying to rally international support against Ankara.
Following the comments, a spokesman for the Greek Foreign Ministry told state broadcaster ERT that Greece “will not be dragged into a sterile confrontation with Turkey”.
“We responded to Turkey’s baseless claims with cards and letters. Athens responds calmly and with evidence,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Turkey has once again justified its invasion by invoking its rights to protect the Turkish Cypriot occupiers who are only recognized as a state by Turkey, in violation of United Nations, Cyprus, Greek , the European Union and the United States, Kathimerini reported.