Greece is in a position to defend the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, emanating from the Law of the Sea, Greek Minister of Defence Panayiotis Beglitis said on Friday, noting that Greece has a duty to make Turkey liable to international law.
Briefing the Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament on bilateral relations between Greece and Israel, in view of his forthcoming visit to Israel, and commenting on Turkish threats against the cooperation between Cyprus and Israel, and explorations for natural gas, Beglitis said that “we recognise and are in a position to defend the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus, emanating from the international Law of the Sea.“
“The Republic of Cyprus is at the heart of our defence pact and we will defend these principles, if and when necessary. Beyond the threats and the continuing review policy of Turkey, we have the determination and necessary means to handle it. We have a duty, by undertaking dynamic initiatives, to make Turkey liable in the area of international law,“ he said.
Taken from: greece.greekreporter.com
Posted on: 27 August 2011
By Apostolos Papapostolou