Turkey slams Cypriot FM for comments on army

Turkey Friday slammed Cypriot foreign minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis for "inappropriate" comments about the Turkish military, accusing Nicosia of "provocative" attitudes.

Turkey slams Cypriot FM for comments on army
Turkey Friday slammed Cypriot foreign minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis for "inappropriate" comments about the Turkish military, accusing Nicosia of "provocative" attitudes.

"Marcoullis is not in a position to make evaluations on Turkey's domestic issues," a foreign ministry statement said. "Moreover, it is beyond her limits to criticize the Turkish armed forces and our chief of general staff."

The statement said Ankara's Cyprus policy was a "national" one, and that any comments by army chief Gen. Yasar Buyukanit on the long-standing conflict reflected that policy.

"The international community should not ignore the provocative and irresponsible attitudes of the Greek Cypriot administration, which continues to be an element of instability in the Eastern Mediterranean," it said.

The Turkish media has recently quoted the Cypriot minister as saying that the influential army, rather than Turkish politicians, holds the key to a settlement in Cyprus.

She criticized Buyukanit for saying that the Turkish army's presence in the north was aimed at protecting the Turkish Cypriot there, the Turkish media reported.

She also reportedly said the success of Turkey's European Union membership bid depended on whether the military would allow the introduction of the required reforms.


AFP
Last Mod: 17 Ağustos 2007, 16:28
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