Instead of shooting to hit the target, the projectile hit the podium where the Turkish officers were observing the exercise. Due to the nature of the accident , the nature of accident is suspicious.
The timing of the exercise raises concern, as it coincided with the Turkish threats against Cyprus in view of the drilling in localized deposits of natural gas in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the innuendo from the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to take military action if the Cypriot Government does not proceed to it.
According to reliable sources, both Athens and Nicosia are very concerned about the threats of their neighbor, and do not exclude the possibility that they view the economic downturn in Greece and Cyprus as a national weakness, and therefore take all measures at diplomatic and operational level, because,as they say, there will be any decline in face of Turkish provocations.
Vice President of New Democracy Dimitris Avramopoulos, commenting on a statement about Turkish provocations, urges Ankara to respect international law: ”The reactions of the Turkish government and Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding surveys on hydrocarbons promoted by Cyprus on her marine area are illegal and unfounded. The fact that Turkey characterised licenses given by the Cypriot government for underwater research to U.S. companies as ”illegal”, exposes Turkey in a negative way, regarding its commitment to international law and international legitimacy.
Regardless of what Turkey wants to believe, or pretends to believe, the government of an independent and sovereign state, member of the UN and the European Union, has every legal right to act so at international level, as it is the sole internationally recognized authority that represents in terms of international legitimacy, the whole of Cyprus and its people. “