Talat calls on EU not to interfere Cyprus issue

Turkish Cypriot president lashed out at the European Parliament, which adopted a resolution calling on Turkey to withdraw its troops from Cyprus.

Talat calls on EU not to interfere Cyprus issue

Turkish Cypriot president on Thursday lashed out at the European Parliament, which adopted a resolution calling on Turkey to withdraw its troops from Cyprus.

"Leave us alone in the negotiations. Leave it to the United Nations who is responsible with the talks. Leave it to the two sides," Mehmet Ali Talat told reporters.
Talat's remark came a day after European lawmakers endorsed a resolution that called on Turkey to begin "a prompt withdrawal" of its troops from Cyprus and resolve the issue of Turkish citizens settled in the island as well as allow Greek Cypriot access to Maras.

Talat said such resolutions had no use for the peace talks, adding that they were "inapplicable".

"The presence of the Turkish troops in Cyprus and the Maras issue are because of the Cypriot question which would be over when the Cyprus dispute is over," Talat said.

Turkey sent its troops to Cyprus in 1974 following a decade of attacks on Turkish Cypriots by Greek Cypriot groups favoring a Greek-inspired coup on the island and unification with Greece.

Turkey now has more than 30,000 troops deployed on the Turkish part of the island.

In related news, Turkish Cypriot foreign minister has also criticized the EP resolution.

"It is a strategic mistake to produce such resolutions that favor the Greek Cypriot side especially at a time when negotiations continued in a bid to find a lasting settlement to the problem," Huseyin Ozgurgun told reporters on Thursday.

Ozgurgun said the presence of the Turkish troops was an assurance for Turkish Cypriots, rejecting "a conviction that withdrawal would alone settle the problem."

"Believing in that is just futile and it is not even remotely related with the historical facts," Ozgurgun said.


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