It was short of military hardware when Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974. Moamman Gadafi and four Turkish aircraft DC9 with remote seats filled with Libyan arsenal rockets of U.S .- made weapons in steps stepped Moammar. All the money he refused.
Baytok was reminiscent of a new era of instability in the 2011 year when the Libyan dictator was overthrown. Turkey now grows and Libya has a broken shell, which is ravaged by war. However, these ties are being revived and a region that still nurtures the wound of the events of almost half a century ago is being inflamed.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pledge to send troops in Libya to reinforce the United Nations government is fracturing the fragile power balance in the Eastern Mediterranean as nations jostle for valuable hydrocarbon wealth in the waters around Cyprus ‘ divided island.
A maritime agreement signed in November with the belligerent administration of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj led Turkey to say that the Greek is said to be Greek by international law in Athens ‘ seabed parts.
In last week’s declaration that he is about to begin issuing exploration licenses on the basis of its new maritime borders in disputed waters, Erdogan tensed with a new level of threats, which spiraled upwards into an already volatile area with a history of intervention by USA, Russia and, more recently, China.
According to a senior Cypriot government official who asked not to be identified to negotiate ties with Ankara because of its acute political sensibleness, Cyprus helped Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and France in their standoff with Turkey.
The official said that France, which bent its naval muscle on the eastern Mediterranean by sending a frigate in fall, was supposed to send a show of force to the area of its aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle. The Saudis also feel sympathetic since the ambitious aspirations of Turkey challenge them too, he said.
In Grece, people talk about Erdogan’s recent moves on the road, at bus stops and over coffee as just one episode in a long line of Turkish saber rattles and address the actions of his eastern neighbor, a historic antagonist In Greece.
We do not expect a direct war but see a shipping accident as possible, which could pose a threat to the economy as a result of military engagement as the world finally emerged from a decade-long crisis. In 1996 all NATO members, over two uninhabited islands in the Aegean, came close to war.
The tussle to have motivated the Cypriot official said that all the regional players try to fill the space empty was a result of a power vacuum created by U.S. revolt from the Near East and Africa.
Ankara’s actions are at a time when global power is shifting in an area that is nexus with Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as the US reduces its overseas presence and Russia intervenes. This dynamic gives Erdogan with a powerful new ally Wladimir Putin an opportunity to revive the former presence of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.