Washington expects Nicosia to support it against Moscow
Turkey strongly condemned the decision of the United States to extend the lifting of the arms embargo on the Republic of Cyprus issued in September 2020. The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated, in a statement, yesterday, that the decision would cause an arms race on the island and harm peace and stability in eastern Cyprus. average. She affirmed her full support for the reaction of the authorities of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” to the decision.
The statement called on the United States to review its decision and adopt a balanced policy towards the two parties on the disputed island between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots, stressing that Turkey, as a guarantor state, will continue to take the necessary steps within the framework of its historical and legal responsibility to preserve the presence of the Turkish Cypriots and ensure their security.
On Friday, the United States announced the extension of lifting restrictions it imposed more than 30 years ago on arms exports to Cyprus, on the condition that Russian warships are prevented from entering the island’s ports, which could anger Russia. The United States imposed the embargo on all of Cyprus in 1987 with the aim of encouraging the reunification of the island, which had been divided since the 1974 Turkish military invasion and occupation of its northern part, in response to a coup by Greek Cypriot nationalists who wanted to annex the island to Greece.
By doing so, the United States hoped to prevent an arms race and encourage a peaceful settlement between the Greek majority and the Turkish minority.