Turkey's President Abdullah Gul said Friday "a permanent and comprehensive solution in Cyprus is the desire of Turkish Cypriots and Turkey."
Gul received the Ambassador of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in Ankara, Tamer Gazioglu, and an accompanying delegation that included veterans of the Cyprus Peace Operation on Friday.
"We hope that a permanent and comprehensive solution would be reached in Cyprus. Whether or not a solution is reached in Cyprus, Turkey will continue to be on the side of the Turkish Cypriots," Gul stressed.
"All guarantees are valid, including those related to economy, politics and security. The motherland will be on the side of Turkish Cypriots forever. Turkish Cypriots want to live in peace and tranquility and want to preserve their freedom. This is their natural right. The world will one day understand that the Turkish Cypriots are on the side of peace and solution in the island. A solution is not possible without seeing the realities in Cyprus. Promises made in the island must be fulfilled. Turkish Cypriots did keep their promise. Those who have made promises to the Turkish Cypriots must fulfill their promises. Regardless of whether the promises are fulfilled or not, Turkey will always be on the side of Turkish Cypriots," Gul said.
"I thank Mr. Gazioglu and his delegation for visiting me on the 34th anniversary of the Cyprus Peace Operation. The Cyprus Peace Operation ended the pain suffered by Turkish Cypriots for years. Such pain will never repeat in Cyprus. The whole world must know this fact," Gul also said.
"A just solution in Cyprus is a must. We do not demand more than what is our right. We are determined to demand what is our right," Gazioglu said.
"We are thankful to Turkey for its support of Turkish Cypriots in the past and today. Whether or not a solution is reached with the Greek Cypriot administration, the TRNC will live on forever," Gazioglu said.
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