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Türkiye condemns US for inclusion of Greek Cyprus in defense partnership program


Türkiye “strongly condemned” the Greek Cypriot’s inclusion in
the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, under the
scope of the U.S. Department of Defense, Trend reports citing
Hurriyet Daily News.

“From our point of view, the latest move of the U.S., two weeks
after lifting the arms embargo on Greek Cyprus Administration, has
no justification,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Oct.
3.

With such moves, the U.S. is losing its opportunity to play a
“constructive role for a fair, permanent and sustainable”
settlement of the Cyprus issue, read the statement.

“With this move, going beyond disrupting the balance between the
two sides on the Island, the U.S. has evidently become partial,”
the ministry stated.

As a guarantor State, Türkiye will continue to take all
necessary steps to ensure the security of the Turkish Cypriot
people, at added.

Ankara supports the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Turkish Cyprus regarding the issue, said the ministry.

Last week, Washington announced that the Greek Cypriot
administration has been paired with the National Guard in the U.S.
state of New Jersey under the Defense Department National Guard’s
State Partnership Program.


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