Cavusoglu has not taken well to the words of his Italian colleague. The island is still divided into a Greek cypriot, recognized internationally, and from 2004 member of the european Union, and in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, responding instead to Ankara. The press release issued by the Turkish ministry is particularly hard but, above all, points the finger at Rome: "we again Invite all members of the Eu, and Italy in particular, to abandon an approach that ignores the rights of Turkish-cypriots". The spokesman Aksoy reiterated that Ankara wants to continue to defend "the rights of Turkish cypriots on the natural gas and oil resources, as co-owners of the island".
on January 29, Maio had met in Rome with the Foreign minister of the Greek cypriot Nicos Christodoulides , to discuss bilateral relations, Libya, migration, recent developments in the eastern Mediterranean and issues related to energy. Recalling the european Council conclusions of October and December 2019, in a note to Italy reaffirmed its "full solidarity to Cyprus on the ongoing drilling activities illegal in Turkey, in the eastern Mediterranean, "in complete disregard of the sovereignty of Cyprus and its sovereign rights". Another slap in the face, in the eyes of Ankara. Able to irritate, and not a little, the Turkish diplomacy, who considers himself a friend of Rome.
Di Maio has addressed the issues in place in the Mediterranean, intervening in front of the committees in Foreign and Defence gathered of the house and Senate. And you wanted to remember that for a solution in Libya, Italy is aiming at an "inclusive process and for this we are dialoguing with everyone." "We have not shouted and not tiferemo for one party or the other - has explained the head of the foreign ministry - and we will always endeavour to have an approach that calls to dialogue and diplomatic solution. We were criticized in some cases, this is because we had tables with Turkey and Russia. But at the same time, precisely because of our tradition, Italy has the duty to dialogue with everyone and to ask their allies to be the incisors in this scenario, which, remember, sees a risk of terrorism to a few hundred kilometres from our shores. The restart of the political process under the auspices of the Un, he continued, is obviously the one for which we are working. But also the end of the interference. At this point, the dialogue with those who interfere, who have influence, it is vital to convince the two parties".
The Italian minister of Foreign affairs has then defined as "dramatic some violations of the truce" in Libya. He was referring to the bombing of a school occurred in recent days, with the death of four children. "The situation on the ground sees a truce is fragile. The two parts retain the positions of the truce agreed at the time of the agreement ever signed in the presence of Russia and Turkey". The death of four children "is unacceptable", concluded Di Maio, referring also to the'action demonstration of Haftar on Measured" and "bombing with rockets on the airport mitigation". Between Ankara and Rome, the comparison now becomes turned on.
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