Aegean and Cyprus are high Turk­ish pri­or­i­ties

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Apart fromthe war in Syria and its reper­cus­sions, Turk­ish in­ter­ests and “le­gal rights” in the Aegean and the Cyprus peace ne­go­ti­a­tions are among Turkey’s top for­eign pol­icy pri­or­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which con­vened this week.

With re­gard to the Aegean, the coun­cil said that Turkey will pur­sue con­struc­tive di­a­logue and good-neigh­borly re­la­tions in a bid to re­solve dif­fer­ences with Greece but “will not, in any case, ac­cept a fait ac­com­pli.”

The coun­cil be­rated the Greek Cypri­ots for the stand­still in talks be­cause of a de­ci­sion by the Par­lia­ment for schools to honor a 1950 ref­er­en­dum call­ing for union with Greece. It said that a so­lu­tion should be based on the con­cept of equal part­ner­ship and ac­cused the Greek side of stalling for time.

An­a­lysts say the state­ment by the coun­cil shows that Turkey con­tin­ues to dis­pute Greek sovereignty in the Aegean, and proves that the fiery rhetoric em­a­nat­ing from Ankara is not just to win over a do­mes­tic au­di­ence, say­ing that it un­der­lines its core pol­icy ob­jec­tives with re­gard to the Aegean and the Eastern Mediter­ranean.

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