The United States has lifted the arms embargo that it has been applying to the Greek Cypriot Administration for nearly forty years.
The Washington administration, which provided training to the Greek soldiers, has now sent the Arleigh Burke warship to the Limassol Port under the control of the Greek Administration.
The US Embassy in Southern Cyprus made a statement on the subject.
The joint commitment to maintaining stability and security in the region has been strengthened, the statement said.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus reacted to the visit of the American warship.
Making a statement to TRT Haber, President Ersin Tatar said that the steps taken by the United States after the arms embargo were not correct and said, “These steps increase tension and dynamite the atmosphere of trust.”
“We are for peace, we do not want a culture of conflict”
Ersin Tatar emphasized that as the Turkish Cypriot people they have always been in favor of peace and said, “If the USA really wants an agreement on the basis of equality in Cyprus, which they say they want, then this is not true. We do not want a culture of conflict in Cyprus.”
President Tatar noted that peace and tranquility came to Cyprus with the 1974 Peace Operation; He warned American officials that “Armaments and anchoring of warships in Greek ports do not serve peace in Cyprus.”
“GCASC prefers tension and conflict instead of reconciliation and diplomacy”
The TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reacted to the visit of the American warship to the Greek Cypriot Administration
In a written statement made by the Ministry, “The fact that the USA continues its military support to the Greek Cypriot Administration by increasing it reveals that it prefers tension and conflict instead of reconciliation and diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean.”