Nicosia.- Cyprus, Greece and the entire European Union must harden their position towards Turkey, House President Marios Garogian has said, in response to offensive remarks by Turkey’s chief EU negotiator questioning the existence of the Republic of Cyprus.
“I have said very clearly that we have to harden our position towards Turkey and I call on Greece and all EU member states to follow suit,” he said.
The comments made by Turkey’s chief negotiator Egemen Bagis in Brussels essentially send the message that it is not Turkey that wants to join the EU but the other way round.
Turkey, he pointed out, “can no longer rely on our tolerance.”
“Ankara must get a crystal clear message that its vision about joining the EU or getting closer to the Union must be abandoned, it this is the way it is going to behave,” he stressed.
Bagis’ offensive comments about Cyprus forced Cypriot, Greek and other Euro MPs to walk out of an EU-Turkey meeting earlier this week. Cypriot Euro MPs demanded that Bagis retracts his statements. Turkey, whose troops occupy Cyprus’ northern part, does not recognise the Republic of Cyprus.
The Cypriot government has said it supports Turkey’s European aspirations to join the Union, provided Ankara meets all its obligations to Brussels, including normalizing relations with Nicosia and opening its ports and airports to Cypriot flagged ships and aircraft.