Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Wednesday slammed the burning of a Turkish flag during a rally in Athens, during a joint news conference with his Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus counterpart Tufan Erhurman in capital Ankara.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Wednesday slammed the burning of a Turkish flag during a rally in the Greek capital, Athens, terming it as an “unacceptable” act.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus counterpart Tufan Erhurman in capital Ankara, Yıldırım said: “An insult of the flag means an insult to the country. There can be no acceptable side to this.
“Our crescent and star flag is our pride. We are sacrificing our soul for the sake of this flag and we can mobilize all our resources for it,” he added.
Drilling off Cyprus
During their meeting in Ankara, both prime ministers also discussed strengthening the close cooperation between Turkey and Northern Cyprus as well as the Cyprus issue in general, Yıldırım said.
Yıldırım said neither Turkey nor Northern Cyprus would accept any unilateral initiatives regarding the natural resources around the island.
"All kinds of natural riches, hydrocarbon resources around the island of Cyprus are the common wealth of all people living on the island, including both the North and the South," he said, referring to the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots.
"Therefore, unilateral activities around the island are never welcomed by us [Turkey]. Nor does the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus welcome this," Yıldırım added.
He underlined that people from both sides of the disputed island should be involved in any activities regarding the extraction of underground resources off Cyprus.
"We consider any work which both parties do not agree to a threat as well as an attempt to breach the sovereign rights of Northern Cyprus," said the Turkish premier.
Detention of 2 Greek soldiers in Turkey
On the detention of two Greek soldiers who last week crossed the border into Turkey, Yıldırım said a legal process was underway and the Turkish judiciary would do the necessary work.
He also slammed Greek initiatives to take the issue to the European Union.
"It has become a habit to take every Turkish-related issue to the EU to get support from there. This and similar new initiatives neither take our relations with the EU farther ahead nor bring them down."