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Akar: Some Greek politicians are sabotaging Türkiye’s peace initiatives

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These politicians endanger safety and welfare of their own people with their actions, says Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar.

Some politicians in Greece are sabotaging and destroying Türkiye’s efforts and peace initiatives, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has said.

“Certain politicians in Greece are unfortunately sabotaging and destroying our work and peace initiatives, sacrificing the rights and interests of the two countries to their own internal conflicts. At the same time, these politicians endanger the safety and welfare of their own people with their actions,” Akar told a reception on Monday marking the 39th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Akar said the Greek side continues to “do their best to disrupt the peace and stability” between the two countries.

“We have always said that we are in favour of dialogue, but we will not violate our rights and laws,” he said, adding his country will not allow any fait accompli for both the rights of Türkiye and Turkish Cypriots.

Emphasising the sovereignty, independence, rights and laws of the TRNC and the Turkish Cypriots to create permanent peace and stability, he said: “We have all seen that there cannot be a solution unless these are accepted, and the Turkish existence is not respected.”

A solution could not be reached after years of negotiations, he said, adding the issue is not the establishment of the TRNC but the recognition of this established state.

Akar said it should not be forgotten that Turkish Cypriots were persecuted until the peace operation.

He reiterated that Türkiye will continue to stand by Turkish Cypriots and support their “just cause” with the same determination.

Noting that everyone living on Cyprus island has gained comfort, peace and security with the Cyprus Peace Operation, he said there was no limit to the massacres committed until that day.

“Everyone should understand, see and acknowledge that peace and tranquility have come to the island since 1974, when the Cyprus Peace Operation was carried out,” he added.

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