Turkish Cypriots will never be minority: President

Talat reiterated that presence of Turkish army in the island was not a reason of the Cyprus problem, but it was an outcome of the problem.

Turkish Cypriots will never be minority: President
The Turkish Cypriot president said on Sunday that Turkish Cypriot people would never be a minority.

President Mehmet Ali Talat of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) said that Turkish Cypriot people had never been a minority, and would never be so.

"It is out of question for us to leave the sovereignty to the Greek Cypriot administration," Talat said during a ceremony held to celebrate the 34th anniversary of Cyprus Peace Operation, staged by Turkish Armed Forces in 1974.

Talat said that Turkish Cypriots wanted to integrate to world, preserving what it had gained with July 20th peace operation.

"Therefore, we want to reach an honorable and esteemed solution with the Greek Cypriot people, with whom we have to share our island," Talat said.

Talat said that Turkish Cypriot people proved that they backed a fair and sustainable settlement in simultaneous referenda held in the island on a reunification plan on April 24th, 2004.

The Turkish Cypriot president reiterated that his country's vision for a solution was political equality of the two nations, equal status of two founder states, and establishment of a new bi-zonal partner state.

Talat also said that Turkey's status as a guarantor state should be maintained in any settlement.

The president said that unsolved Cyprus problem firstly affected Turkish Cypriots because they were living under isolation.

"However, solution of Cyprus problem is a must for regional and world peace," Talat said.

Talat also said that Greek Cypriot administration should give up using Cyprus problem as an obstacle before Turkey's European Union (EU) membership path.

"It is high time that we found a comprehensive, fair and permanent settlement to Cyprus problem within the scope of UN parameters," Talat also said.

Talat once more reiterated that presence of Turkish army in the island was not a reason of the Cyprus problem, but it was an outcome of the problem.

Therefore, it was out of question to send the Turkish army from the island before the problem was solved, Talat said.

Talat also expressed his expectation that the Greek Cypriot administration would give up seeing Cyprus as an island that only belonged to themselves, and be ready to share the resources of the island equally with the Turkish Cypriots.

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