We will not have negotiations on the Cyprus issue “just for the sake of it,” the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

“On Cyprus, which is a national cause to us, we will not have negotiations just for the sake of it,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told the members of Turkish parliament’s planning and budget committee.

Cavusoglu said Turkey had legitimate rights and benefits in the western and northern maritime zones of Cyprus.

“Our country has taken the necessary measures to protect them,” said Cavusoglu.

“We will continue to protect both our rights and continental shelf and the rights of Turkish

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