Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) Foreign Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has announced that his country is preparing to hold a census on Nov. 27.
"The KKTC government holds a census when it deems it necessary to better pinpoint the economic, social and other needs of the people," the Anatolia news agency quoted Özgürgün as saying on Thursday.
Touching on a remark made by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest assessment report on Cyprus, Özgürgün expressed regret over some of Ban's words, which may leave room for some to interpret the KKTC census as a response to the demands of the Greek-Cypriot administration.
Özgürgün said that such an interpretation would not reflect reality. "Our population studies are done with the aim of increasing the welfare and security of Turkish Cypriots, and with no goal of satisfying third parties," Özgürgün said.
The report the submitted by the secretary-general to the UN Security Council was an evaluation of the reunification talks between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot administrations, which have existed as separate states since 1974, when the Turkish military became involved in counteracting a Greek-backed coup to reunify Cyprus with Greece.
In the recent report, Ban expressed satisfaction with the dedication of both sides to reaching a consensus while giving a green light to the possibility of a final international conference to resolve the question, if both leaders have reached an agreement on core issues by the time of the next trilateral meeting in October.
Cihan news agencyLast Mod: 18 Ağustos 2011, 18:11