Impossible for Ankara to neglect the rights of the TRNC and its people: Cavusoglu

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Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu reiterated his support for a two-state solution for Cyprus during a visit to Lefkosa, capital of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

“In line with our common vision, we will continue to defend our national cause together,” Cavusoglu said. (AA)

Turkey continues to defend the rights of its citizens and Turkish Cypriots as part of its “entrepreneurial and humanitarian foreign policy”, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

It is “impossible” for Ankara to “neglect the TRNC and its people”, Cavusoglu told his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Tahsin Ertugruloglu on Monday during a visit to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Referring to the negotiation process on the island, Cavusoglu said Ankara reiterates its position on all platforms, including the UN, and with other stakeholders.

Turkey and the TRNC will also assess what steps they can take at the diplomatic and political level, Cavusoglu said, adding that there are “intensive efforts to raise the visibility and status of the TRNC on the international platform”. .

“We have intensified our contacts in order to open new representative offices in the countries that the TRNC deems appropriate,” recalled the Turkish Foreign Minister.

“In line with our common vision, we will continue to jointly defend our national cause,” Cavusoglu said in a tweet.

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Ankara reiterates its support for the two-state solution

Cavusoglu also reiterated Türkiye’s support for a two-state solution in Cyprus, stressing the need to launch talks between the two sides as equal sovereign states.

“A two-state solution in Cyprus is necessary. Negotiations must begin between two equal sovereign states,” Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference Monday in the capital Lefkosa following a meeting with Ersin Tatar, the President of the Northern Turkish Republic. Cyprus (TRNC).

On the fenced eastern coastal area of ​​Maras, Cavusoglu said the Greek Cypriot administration wanted to return the town to its control, “but it belongs to northern Cyprus”.

Maras had practically become a ghost town as it remained cut off from the world for 47 years. Part of the region – around 3.5% of its total area – was reopened in October 2020. Turkish and TRNC authorities have repeatedly urged Greek Cypriots and other citizens who own property in Maras to s apply to the Property Commission.

Cavusoglu said Greece was “indulging in demagoguery and dishonest rhetoric”, adding that it had been unable to provide a legal response to Ankara’s position.

The island is mired in a decades-long dispute between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the UN to reach a comprehensive settlement.

Ethnic attacks from the early 1960s forced Turkish Cypriots to retreat to enclaves for their safety. In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at the annexation of Greece led to the military intervention of Türkiye as a guarantor power to protect Turkish Cypriots from persecution and violence.

As a result, the TRNC was founded in 1983. It has seen an on-and-off peace process in recent years, including a failed initiative in 2017 in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the UK. The Greek Cypriot administration entered the EU in 2004, the same year the Greek Cypriots thwarted the UN’s Annan plan to end the long-running dispute. The status of the island remains pending.

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Source: AA

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