Bagis on Cyprus: We will not give up an inch of land

Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union has once again spoken about the Cyprus issue, hushing rumors that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is preparing to give up land to the Greek Cypriot administration.

Bagis on Cyprus: We will not give up an inch of land

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s ambassador to the European Union has once again spoken about the Cyprus issue, hushing rumors that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is preparing to give up land to the Greek Cypriot administration. This speech comes as Germany offers its support for renewed talks between Turkey and the European Union.

The Cyprus issue has long been a thorn in Turkey’s side, acting as an obstacle for them in their bid to join the European Union. Turkey used its right as a guarantor of peace after a coup lead by Greek Cypriot extremist Nikos Sampson ousted the constitutional government of Cyprus in 1974. In a bid to separate the two warring communities of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, Turkey positioned its troops in the northern half of the island, where they have been stationed since. While Turkish Cypriots fled to the north, Greek Cypriots in the north fled south.

Deemed as an illegal occupation by the Greek Cypriot government in the south, as well as by the EU, there has been mounting pressure for Turkey to pull out of Cyprus completely. However, Turkey have been refusing to withdraw until a suitable peace plan has been agreed to by the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot administrations. Turkey has constantly accused the Greek Cypriot authorities of pulling out and sabotaging the peace talks.

However, as peace talks set to resume in November once again promise a breakthrough to the forty-year problem, rumors that the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are preparing to handover the district of Maras (Varosha) to the Greek Cypriots have become widespread.

On the contrary, the Turkish ambassador to the EU, Egemen Bagis has been quoted as saying ‘we will not give up a single inch of land.’

Speaking to the Yeni Safak newspaper, Bagis said: ‘If today we are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Cyprus issue, this is thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the Turkish Cypriot administration.’

Reassuring Turkey’s commitment to the peace process, he said ‘the same way Turkey was never the one to leave the table and abandon the solution in the past; we will also never be the one to do so today or from this point onwards. A Cyprus cut in half will neither be of benefit to the Cypriots nor the EU.’ 

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European
European - 6 yıl Before

Bagis obviously is trying his best to destroy any hope of peace in Cyprus by making idiotic, provocative statements aimed at deepening the distrust between the two communities. What do you want Bagis? Did you ask the Turkish Cypriots whether they want to live under your Islamic state which you dream of for North Cyprus? Perhaps they want peace and to live in a united democratic European state.

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas - 6 yıl Before

Maras is TRNC territory, not Turkish territory. After all, Turkey is supposed to be a protective power, not an occupying power. Am I right?

Vasil
Vasil - 6 yıl Before

Do the Greek Cypriots forget that Greece wanted to invade the island and make it all Greek, just the way they've tried to do in southern Macedonia where Macedonians, Turks and other minorities have had to deal with forced assimilation and cultural genocide. Turkey must defend its right to Cyprus!

ohrly?
ohrly? - 6 yıl Before

This is really frustrating for me as a Cypriot. You have a ghost city left in the passage of time, and none can benefit from it. Those are Cypriot owned homes, buildings, roads, but the Turks (not the Turkish Cypriots) have an army occupying it. This is shameless behaviour. Instead having both communities work for rebuilding the city we have the turkish army ring-fencing the whole city.

Vasil
Vasil - 6 yıl Before

To our Cypriot friend. The only reason the Turkish army entered northern Cyprus was because Greece was going to take over the whole island. Interesting how some seem to forget. And now Greece has to account for its agressive behaviour not only in Cyprus but also in the Balkans. Greece has done everything it can to stop Macedonia from functioning as a country and annihilating Macedonians in Greece

Alexy Flemming
Alexy Flemming - 5 yıl Before

During 1963-1974 GCs applied ethnic cleansing towards TCs.Then–UN Secretary General, U Thant's S/5950 (10.09.1964) report (paragraph 180): "UNFICYP carried out a detailed survey of all damage to properties throughout the island during the disturbances; it shows that in 109 villages, MOST OF THEM TURKISH-CYPRIOT or mixed villages, 527 houses have been destroyed while 2,000 others have being looted