Turkish Cypriot leader urges international community to act to change island status quo

LEFKO-A-Anadolu Agency

The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) urged the international community on June 20 to take action to change the status quo in Cyprus in order to guarantee the rights of the Turkish Cypriots on the island.

“The equal international status and sovereign equality of Turkish Cypriots must absolutely be recognized for a change in the current status quo,” Ersin Tatar told reporters at Ercan International Airport in Lefkofa after his visit to southern Turkey to attend the Antalya Diplomatic Forum (ADF).

“When you explain the realities of Cyprus, it is certain that the States Parties will sympathize with the position of the Turkish Cypriots at this stage. But sympathy is no longer enough. We are waiting for action, ”Tatar said.

Tatar said that during the forum he had the opportunity to explain to the heads of state and foreign ministers of the countries the details of the Cyprus issue, the position of the Turkish Cypriots and the new policy proposed by the Turkish side during informal talks held in Geneva. in April.

Turkish Cypriots are in favor of “the new policy”, a two-state solution, on Cyprus as decades of negotiations for a federation have failed to resolve the Cyprus issue, Tatar told Anadolu news agency on the 19th. June on the sidelines of this weekend’s ADF in Turkey. .

The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1964, when ethnic attacks forced Turkish Cypriots to retreat to enclaves for their safety. In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at annexing Greece led to Turkey’s military intervention as the guarantor power.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was founded in 1983.

The Greek Cypriot administration, backed by Greece, became a member of the European Union in 2004, although in a referendum that year most Greek Cypriots rejected a UN settlement plan that envisaged the accession of reunified Cyprus to the European Union.

The three-day Antalya Diplomatic Forum, with Anadolu Agency as a global communications partner, hosted 10 heads of state and government, 42 foreign ministers, three former heads of state and government, and more 50 representatives of international organizations and former government officials, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Debates of global significance were analyzed in depth during the forum, including the Balkans, the future of Europe, transatlantic relations, refugees and migrants, and the threat of terrorism.



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