U.S. risk aggravating tension in Med, Turkey

After removal of arms embargo on Cyprus, 'neutrality violated'

14 September, 16:30

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 14 - The memorandum of agreement signed on Saturday between the United States and the government of Cyprus ''ignores the rights of the Turkish-Cypriot side'' and ''damages the efforts'' to solve the disputes on the island, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

    The agreement provides for the partial removal of the US arms embargo on Nicosia and the inclusion of Cyprus in the Imet military training program for 2020. According to Ankara, Washington's initiative violates ''the policy of neutrality on the island'' and risks to further increase tension in the eastern Mediterranean as a strong clash is ongoing between Turkey and Cyprus and Greece on its resources.

    The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also criticized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not meeting Turkish-Cypriot officials during his visit over the weekend to Nicosia.

    Meanwhile Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said today that Turkey has not stepped back on its controversial search for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu explained that the return to port of seismic search vessel Oruc Reis, which was sent on August 10 off the Greek island of Kastellorizo in the south-eastern Aegean sea, is connected to regular activities of maintenance and refueling.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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