The Turkish authorities have refused the offer of Cyprus to send a rescue team to the country to help in the aftermath of the earthquake, the Cypriot Foreign Ministry said. This was reported today, February 10, by Turkish News.
As noted in the Foreign Ministry, Ankara initially supported the corresponding initiative of Nicosia:
“Despite initially accepting our offer of rescue assistance, Turkey has ‘graciously rejected’ Cyprus’ offer to deploy a search and rescue team on site. The offer stands!”
As previously reported EADaily, less than 24 hours after refusing Cypriot humanitarian aid and assistance in finding survivors, Turkey accepted Nicosia’s offer. Press Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Dimitris Dimitriou stated that the Republic of Cyprus had been informed by the European Civil Protection Mechanism that the offer of Cyprus to send rescuers had been accepted by Turkey.