BTC pipeline security is an important argument in Ankara's Cyprus policy ex-President of Northern Cyprus

Oil&Gas Materials 29 June 2006 18:43 (UTC +04:00)

Official Ankara shall announce the necessity of Turkish forces remaining on North Cyprus in virtue of protection of pipelines of international importance, Trend reports quoting Rauf Denktash, founder and first president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

If Turkish forces are withdrawn from the island, who will ensure security of BTC pipeline, Denktash says.

В"Turkey has a nice argument in hand international pipelines security, and it should use such a chanceВ", he underlined.

Ex-President said Cyprus problem is Turks national issue and interests of Turk-Cypriots are above Turkeys membership in any international organization, even the EU.