In his speech at an event, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay stated that Operation Peace Spring was an indicator of determination in terms of Turkey’s foreign policy.

Stating that Turkey has valid reasons to perform this operation, Özersay said: “Turkey wants to ensure its border security, and does not want there to be an environment that will contribute to the formation of terrorist activities,”

Özersay mentioned the justification of Turkey to perform this operation;

“There is a large number of Syrian refugees living within the borders of Turkey, and there are economic, social, political and security problems. In this context, Turkey has been taken this step hoping that they return to their country and, as the TRNC Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, I stand by Turkey on this issue.”