For one “historic period of development of relations” between Turkey and Greece said the Minister of Defense of Turkey, Yasar Güler, during the presentation of his ministry’s budget for 2024 to the Turkish National Assembly. At the same time, he did not fail to refer to Turkey’s rights and interests in “Blue Homeland”.
According to the Turkish network NTV, which is cited by the Anadolu agency, Yasar Guler said that “we continue our efforts to maintain this positive atmosphere with Greece. Our goal is to solve our problems in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean”. According to the Turkish Defense Minister, “a positive era has begun in relations with Greece” as a result of the visits and meetings held after the earthquakes in Turkey.
“Our military activities in the Aegean were mutually reduced during the year and efforts were made to keep the tension in our region low” he remarked and added: “As two neighbours, we have always expressed our determination to solve all problems between us through mutual dialogue, peaceful methods, respect for each other’s rights and in the spirit of alliance. We believe that we are going through a historic period of development in our relations with Greece and that a solution-oriented approach and an honest and constructive relationship will benefit both countries.”
According to the Turkish defense minister, the meeting on Confidence Building Measures, held in Ankara on Monday, was a good opportunity to further improve relations with Greece. “Talks between the delegations, which had been suspended for more than two years, resumed and a consensus was reached at the meeting to continue these talks next year. The neighboring Greek people should be sure that Turkey is in favor of a peaceful and prosperous future with Greece, but I would like to emphasize that we will never compromise our national interests while striving for a peaceful solution,” Yasar said, among others Guler, emphasizing: “I would like to express very clearly that our determination to protect our rights and interests in our “Blue Homeland” is absolute.”
According to NTV, the Minister of Defense of Turkey also referred to Cypriot, claiming that no results have been obtained from the solution methods that have been proposed so far “due to the intransigent attitude of the Greek Cypriots”. He reiterated the Turkish position that “the only and definitive solution on the island is the recognition of the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people” and concluded by saying: “We support the legitimate interests of our Cypriot brothers under any circumstances in this matter, which it is our national issue, and we express once again that we will do our best for the peace, security and prosperity of the island in the future, as we have done so far.”
Source: News Beast
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