Turkish Cypriots won't give up political equality, says Turkish deputy pm

"Turkey and TRNC have put effort sincerely for just and sustainable peace on the island until now. To belive that Turks would accept living in minority status is a vain hope," said Atalay

Turkish Cypriots won't give up political equality, says Turkish deputy pm

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said nobody should expect Turkish Cypriots to give up political equality.

Speaking at the 39th anniversary of Cyprus Peace Operation and July 20th Peace and Freedom Festival ceremony in Lefkosa, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Atalay said, "Turkey and TRNC have put effort sincerely for just and sustainable peace on the island until now. To belive that Turks would accept living in minority status is a vain hope."

Atalay added that the solution would be reached within the scope of the realities of the island, therefore nobody should expect Turkish Cypriots to give up their political equality.

Atalay also said that it was the Greek Cypriot side's negative position which stalled the peace negotiations, adding that inaction of Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasides also vanished hopes for solution.

"Greek Cypriot side should focus on negotiations, instead of leaving the table," said Atalay, and continued, "If they insist on using the sources in the south unilaterally, two-state solution may also prevail."

-TRNC President Dervis Eroglu-

Eroglu also called on the Greek Cypriots to be aware of the realities and sit on the negotiation table.

Eroglu said, "There are two different states with two religions, languages and nations," and declared that Turkish Cypriots would go on administrating themselves after a solution was found.

Eroglu said nobody had the right to bring restrictions to one another's air and sea ports, right to travel with its state's passport or identity, and blamed the UN and EU of not having adequate will to solve the problem.

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Pavlo
Pavlo - 7 yıl Before

The 18% Turkish minority were given dispropoirtionate powers in 1960 with 30% representation & 50% power with the veto... But they persisted on Taksim (partition) which ended up with the preplanned invasion, ethnic cleansing, occupation of 38% of the island which is not recognised by any state as anything other than an illegal occupation unlike the Greek side which is in the EU & recognised by UN

Pavlos
Pavlos - 7 yıl Before

A Pseudo state that isn't recognised by any country except the one that illegally invaded, ethnically cleansed then occupied by force cannot have equality with a legallyrecogniced democratic Republic... If the Turks want equality, they must stop their self imposed isolation by stopping the illegal occupation & rejoin the legally recognised Repyblic of Cyprus...

Pavlos
Pavlos - 7 yıl Before

The segregational rhetoric of the Turks is nothing short of 'apartheid' wher they claim that a solution must consist of 2 areas where neither ethnic group can live in the opposite... This also contradicts all the principles of the EU which is built on the idea of freedom of movement of all EU citizens...