BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces are prepared to reinvade Cyprus “if needed for the lives and security of Turkish Cypriots,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday.
“The entire world is watching our determination. No one should doubt that the heroic Turkish army, which sees [Northern] Cyprus as its homeland, will not hesitate to take the same step it took 45 years ago if needed for the lives and security of the Turkish Cypriots,” state-run Anadolu News Agency quoted Erdoğan as saying.
Erdogan’s comments on the 45th anniversary of the Turkish military’s controversial invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974.
Today, the island of Cyprus is separated between the southern and northern parts of the country. The northern part of the island is controlled by a Ankara-backed government.