(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Turkish unarmed aerial vehicles and combat drones are in the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to protect it from all
sides, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published
Friday, reports citing .
Erdogan was speaking to reporters on his way back from the
European Political Community summit in Prague. Asked whether there
is a plan to set up a Turkish military base in the northeastern
Karpaz Peninsula in the TRNC, Erdogan said Turkish drones may also
be sent to the region.
'Because we need to secure northern Cyprus from all sides, from
all aspects. Whether it (the base) is (set up) or not, our jets
will immediately be in northern Cyprus as soon as they take off
from our mainland,' he added.
Erdogan was in Prague at the invitation of European Council
President Charles Michel and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala to
attend the first meeting of the European Political Community.
Speaking at a news conference in the Czech Republic on Thursday,
Erdogan also said on the issue that Ankara does not seek to acquire
the territory or sovereignty of any country, adding that Türkiye
was only fighting to protect its interests and those of Turkish
On Cyprus, he underlined that the 'only key' to a solution on
the East Mediterranean island was the recognition of the Turkish
Cypriot people's sovereign equality and equal international status
with the Greek Cypriot administration.
'For a permanent solution, the facts on the Island must be
accepted,' he added.
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