“According to international law, Turkish Cypriots also have rights to the natural resources of the region, just like South Cyprus does. We will not allow those who have no nothing to do with these rights to usurp them,” he declared last Firday.
Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy slammed the news of arrest warrants, saying the Greek Cypriot administration had “over-stepped the mark” and any such papers “do not bind us or have any validity”.
“If they have the audacity to [enforce warrants], no-one should be in any doubt that we will give the necessary response.”
Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez said the warrants would “not hinder” Ankara's exploration.
“Turkey has never bowed to any threat and will not do so now either,” he said, adding that the Yavuz drillship “will be heading to the region and starting operations there as soon as it is ready”.
Turkish ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Ömer Çelik said arrest warrants were “clear provocation” and they “hope . . . the reports . . . are not true”.
“Otherwise, the Greek Cypriots are themselves inviting a response. The Greek Cypriots should steer clear of provocation and abandon their dream politics of ignoring the rights of Turkish Cypriots.”
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