UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The US decision to lift the arms embargo imposed on the Greek Cypriot administration will trigger an accumulation of weapons on the northern and southern sides of the island, Turkish Cypriot President Ersin Tatar has told Sputnik on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Last week, the State Department lifted all defense trade restrictions on Cyprus after determining that it complied with US legal requirements by denying Russian ships access to ports and implementing anti-terrorist reforms. money laundering.
On Saturday, the Turkish Defense Ministry, in a statement condemning the decision, said Ankara will continue to guarantee the existence, security and serenity of Turkish Cypriots.
“That will obviously prompt us to ask Turkey for more weapons because we need to protect ourselves,” Tatar said. “It will only come down to arming both the south and the north.”
Northern Cyprus and Turkey, he added, protested the move as it will provide more ammunition to Greek Cyprus, which already has plenty of weapons.
“The western world is rewarding Greek Cyprus by lifting this embargo so they can buy any amount of arms and other artillery from the Americans,” Tatar said.
The lifting of the embargo has complicated the situation, he added, and does not help the prospects for a solution in Cyprus.
“With the growing tension, you don’t have the right environment to be able to speak sensibly to solve the long-standing Cyprus problem,” Tatar said.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was declared in 1983 with the support of Turkey, although the island had been de facto divided since 1974. At the end of June, Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades declared his readiness to resume negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.