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Turkish Cypriot FM slams France over military drills

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Postby Oracle » Thu Jun 05, 2008 8:02 am


French, Cypriot maneuvre angers Ankara

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News

French persistence in commencing joint military exercises with Greek Cypriots in the international waters of the Mediterranean have added another inflammatory item to the list of problems between Ankara and Paris.

Turkey has loudly protested the decision by NATO-ally France to conduct the joint exercises, which began Monday. The Turkish Daily News learned that Ankara has issued a number of written statements to France about the incident in recent days.

In response to the protests, French officials argue their country has been conducting similar maneuvers with many other countries as well. Turkish diplomatic sources say the French attitude is simply unacceptable and designed to play on Ankara's sensitivities.

Naval and air forces from Greece, France and Greek Cyprus are participating in the controversial drills, which will last until the end of the week. The exercise is said to include search and rescue operations, and situations involving crises and the evacuation of non-combatant civilians from crisis areas.

The Greek Cypriot National Guard, formed in 1964 after civil disturbances between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, has always been considered illegitimate by Ankara. As of 1964, Turkish Cypriots were forced to abandon the original provisions of the 1960 Constitution and withdraw any further participation in the National Guard, to which they had been entitled 40 percent of total manpower.

The joint military exercise have raised more doubts in Ankara and northern Cyprus about the coming French presidency of the European Union, set to begin July 31. The Turkish side considers the training exercises a breach of confidence only weeks before the start of new negotiations between the island's Greek and Turkish sides. "This cannot be seen as a sign good will,” said Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Turgay Avcı Monday.

He is sharp, that Minister! :lol:
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Postby RAFAELLA » Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:14 am

Avci says that “Argonaftis” air and sea search and rescue military and civilian exercise “is openly attacking the sovereign rights of the TRNC”

Illegal Bayrak television (04.06.08 ) broadcast the following:
“Deputy Prime Minister-Foreign Minister Turgay Avci has criticized the Greek Cypriot Administration for holding the joint ‘Argonaftis’ military exercise with France, describing the situation as absolutely unacceptable for the Turkish Cypriot side.

The Foreign Minister called on the Greek Cypriot Administration to conform to international agreements and to refrain from such actions that will have a damaging effect on the prevailing atmosphere of trust between the two sides.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Avci accused the Greek Cypriot Administration of transgressing the sovereignty rights of the TRNC under the guise of a search-and rescue exercise.

He said the military exercise only served to raise tensions on the island and the region, something he added that has a negative impact on the ongoing negotiations process.

Reminding that the so-called Republic of Cyprus had handed over the responsibility of search and rescue operations to the UK as part of the 1960 Foundation Treaty, Avci said that the Greek Cypriot Administration has violated international law by changing the provisions of this agreement without the consent of the Turkish Cypriot Side.

Stating that the Turkish Cypriot Side expected the Greek Cypriot Administration to respond to the constructive steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot Side with similar steps, the Foreign Minister complained that the Greek Cypriot Administration was insisting on continuing its stance of raising tensions and destabilizing the island.

He said that the developments that have taken place after the 21st March agreement between the two leaders on the island was an indication of this.”

In addition Turkish Cypriot daily Sozcu (04.06.08 ) reports that Turgay Avci, self-styled minister of foreign affairs said yesterday that the fact that the “Argonaftis” air and sea rescue military and civilian exercise is being carried out in Cyprus between France, Greece and the Republic of Cyprus is unacceptable. In a written statement issued yesterday, Mr Avci alleged that the exercise is escalating the tension in Cyprus and the region by “openly attacking the sovereign rights of the TRNC”. ... enDocument

... and look who's talking about violation of international law, sovereign rights etc. Why doesn't he take CyR, Fr and Gr to interantional court...for violations?!

Well, the man confirmed what a clown he is! :lol:
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Re: Turkish Cypriot FM slams France over military drills

Postby repulsewarrior » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:28 am

The large-scale Multinational Exercise "NEMESIS - 2016" will be conducted for the third consecutive year, on Wednesday the 12th of October 2016 from 09:00 am until 14:00 within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Defence, the Exercise will be held with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel from Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as the M/V «ALEXANDRIA» of Petronav from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the support vessels of EDT Offshore.

Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaca will be coordinating the exercise in collaboration with the respective agencies from the Republic of Cyprus and the participating nations.

The main objective of the aeronautical exercise is to further develop the effective cooperation and coordination of JRCC Larnaca and respective agencies of the Republic of Cyprus with neighboring and friendly States on the prompt response on emergency situations onboard merchant vessels and oil/gas platforms as well as other humanitarian operations in the Eastern Mediterranean region

The exercise scenario includes boarding operations by the Navy vessels and Special Forces, counter-terrorism operations on an oil/gas platform by the Cyprus Police QRF, mass rescue operations following a maritime accident by naval and air units of Cyprus and friendly nations and counter pollution operations within the area of responsibility of the Republic of Cyprus by the Departments of Fisheries and Merchant Shipping and the participation of a specialized ship from the European Maritime Safety Agency. During the exercise the corresponding special plans of the Republic and the existing bilateral SAR agreements with neighboring and friendly States will be implemented as well.

NEMESIS 2016 will be conducted in parallel with the second EUROSAR Task Force Meeting which will be held at the JRCC between the 11th and 14th of October with the participation of representatives from 15 countries and 4 International Organizations. The above mentioned meeting aims to establish Regional Cooperation in Europe. To that end, exercise NEMESIS serves as a practical example of such cooperation, thus the attendees will observe the Exercise and analyze the lessons learnt.
— (KYPE) ... 656-69.htm

...just an update; quite a change from the past, not so long ago, eh?

Not a word of opposition as in the past, from Turkey.

The dialog created from these exercises can only add to the collective the skills they have to better themselves economically, socially, and for security; still without her participation.


According to a press release issued by the French Embassy in Nicosia, Le Drian met on Thursday in Larnaca with the Defence Minister of Cyprus Christophoros Fokaides, after visiting aircraft carrier " Charles de Gaulle", which is sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean. ... 649-69.htm

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