Ankara continues tough rhetoric
Ankara is sticking to its tough rhetoric on Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean, with regard to energy, the possibility of resuming talks on the Cyprus issue, and Turkey's so-called rights in the region.
A case in point was the statements made by Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar Monday after his five-day tour of occupied northern Cyprus, which included visits to Turkish army bases, the fenced-off city of Famagusta, the Yavuz drillship and the naval units that have encircled the island. To Nicosia, Akar's remarks reflect Ankara's effort to position itself ahead of a possible resumption of Cyprus talks.
"While discussing these issues everyone should be aware that Turkey is clearly a guarantor state under international law and that Britain, Greece and Turkey have important rights and responsibilities," he reportedly told TRT in comments translated into Greek.