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Erdogan: “The whole Cyprus would be entirely Turkish today”

In a speech to Turkish military personnel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “if Turkish forces had pushed further south in 1974, then all of Cyprus would be entirely Turkish today.”

He alleged that the “Turkish Cypriots were on the brink of genocide just half a century ago. In the Peace Operation of 1974, 498 Turkish soldiers from all corners of the country, officers, non-commissioned officers and civilians, were martyred. Despite all the pressures, if it were not for Turkiye’s intervention, neither the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ nor the Turkish Cypriots would exist today.”

He added that “Turkey has many enemies and must be ready for any eventuality.”

Greek diplomatic sources commented Erdogan’s statements, saying “the statements of the Turkish president regarding the illegal invasion of Cyprus in 1974 constitute a blatant distortion of the historical truth and an insult to the memory of the victims.”

“Much more so when this is done at a time when there is an ongoing effort under the auspices of the United Nations Organization to resume the talks for the solution of the Cyprus issue in the context of the decisions of the UN Security Council,” the same sources emphasized.

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  1. Although relations between Turkey and Greece are like a Katy Perry song, there is nothing hot or cold about his intentions, they are not to be trusted.