Cyprus’ top diplomat: Turkey is creating new Ottoman empire
Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides is interviewed on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in New York. (John Minchillo/AP)
UNITED NATIONS — The foreign minister of the divided island of Cyprus is accusing Turkey’s president of attempting to promote a new Ottoman empire in the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East — and says such an approach to geopolitics could adversely impact regional security.
Nikos Christodoulides, whose Mediterranean island nation is divided into a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north and internationally recognized Greek Cypriot south that is a member of the European Union, pointed to what he called aggressive Turkish behavior not only in Cyprus but in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries in the…