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Turkey condemns Greek Cyprus presence at NATO event

Ankara criticizes participation of Greek Cypriot representative at NATO’s change of command ceremony

Burak Bir   | 03.05.2019
Turkey condemns Greek Cyprus presence at NATO event

ANKARA

Turkey condemned the participation of a Greek Cypriot representative to NATO’s change of command ceremony on Friday. 

The invitation to the Greek Cyprus administration, which is not a NATO member, to the change of command ceremony is inexplicable, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy.

"We condemn the unilateral behavior of SHAPE headquarters. We recall that these headquarters are under the political control of NATO members including Turkey," Aksoy said.

Turkey boycotted NATO’s change of command ceremony on Friday to protest against the participation of a Greek Cypriot representative.

Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti handed over the charge of the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe to Tod D. Wolters at the ceremony held in Mons, Belgium.

On Thursday, Turkey informed NATO it will not attend the ceremony if the invitation to Greek Cyprus administration is not withdrawn.


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