The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu, in his speech during the award ceremony to US Senator Bob Menendez of the “III. Makarios Grand Cross” by the Greek Cypriot Administration ( GCA) yesterday said that “the last Turkish soldier left the island. Said he strongly condemned his statement regarding the goal of” seeing
In his written statement, Minister Ertuğruloğlu reacted to remarks made by US Senator Bob Menendez regarding the Turkish soldier in Cyprus during his visit to the Greek Cypriot administration.
Ertuğruloğlu said: “We strongly condemn the statement by one of the United States senators, Bob Menendez, regarding the goal of” seeing the last Turkish soldier leave the island “in his speech at the ceremony yesterday. discount of “III. Makarios Grand Cross “by the Greek Cypriot Administration. The words of Senator Menendez, who pioneered the preparation of many draft resolutions against Turkey and the TRNC, and who is known for his hostility towards the Turks, with the The intention to pay the debt of the election which he won with the support of the Greco-Greek associations residing in the USA, are null and void for the TRNC.
Noting that Menendez supported the Greco-Greek duo for personal gain and harmed Turkish-US relations, Ertuğruloğlu stressed that the US senator had also undermined efforts to restore confidence and stability in the island and the region.
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Ertuğruloğlu, “We would like to remind Menendez that Turkish soldiers intervened in the island to prevent the destruction of the Turkish Cypriot people, who were subjected to all kinds of inhumane practices, including mass murder, by the Greek Cypriot side , in particular between 1963 and 1974. ” made his assessment.
“HIM AND HIS WORDS ARE NONE”
Claiming that it is undeniable that Turkey intervened using its rights and obligations under the 1960 Guarantee Treaty, Ertuğruloğlu said that the Turkish armed forces, the only guarantee of the Turkish Cypriot people, were on the island at the request of the Turkish Cypriot people in order to avoid a repetition of the suffering of the past.
Minister Ertuğruloğlu continued as follows:
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“To demand the end of the existence of the Turkish armed forces, which ensure the environment of peace and security which reigns on the island since 1974, is to abandon the island once again to war and Greek brutality. However, like Menendez, those who have no knowledge of the Cypriot issue can also express their ignorance. The poor who try to cover it up with hostility towards the Turks can do so. He and his words are null and void.