Nicosia asks Budapest to explain Turkish Cypriot "flag" in Hungarian officials' presence
08:17 - 17 March 2023
Nicosia has been very much annoyed by the use of a "flag" of the Turkish Cypriot puppet-regime during the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Turkic States, in Ankara, in the presence of officials from Hungary, an EU member state.
Cyprus has asked Budapest for explanations, while Foreign Minister, Constantinos Kombos will raise this issue during a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday in Brussels.
Invited to comment, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Theodoros Gotsis, said that the Ministry had made preventive representations to the member states and to the states that are observers to the Organisation as regards the participation of the pseudo-state.
He underlined that "the issue of the symbols in the presence of Hungarian officials is unacceptable and in addition to the other representations we have conveyed to Budapest that the Republic of Cyprus has been very much annoyed by this development," he added.
Gotsis said that Nicosia has asked for explanations from the Hungarian side and the issue is being handled at the diplomatic level.
Moreover, he noted that Foreign Minister Kombos will raise the issue during a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, in Brussels.
Except from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are member states of the Organisation of Turkic States, while Turkmenistan and Hungary are observer states.