Turkish Foreign Ministry issues statement regarding Greek Cypriot Enosis decision

Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement in response to the decision by the Greek Cypriot parliament to mark the 1950 Enosis Plebiscite at Greek Cypriot schools.

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The full text of the Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding the issue is as follows:

“The Parliament of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus adopted a joint declaration yesterday (13 February) reflecting the justified expectations and concerns of the Turkish Cypriot side as regards the decision to introduce a commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools of the plebiscite on “Enosis” held among the Greek Cypriots on the Island in 1950, which was proposed by the far-right, racist ELAM (National People’s Front) and passed by the Greek Cypriot parliament on 10 February 2017.

We join the statements made by President Mustafa Akıncı on this issue, in which he called on the Greek Cypriot leader to annul the said decision.

The Greek Cypriot leader’s characterization of this decision as “a simple reference to a historical fact” and his depiction of it as being equivalent to the celebrations of the anniversaries of the July 20 Cyprus Peace Operation and the November 15 founding of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on the other hand, are both meaningless and unacceptable. The Cyprus Peace Operation aimed to put an end to the humanitarian tragedy caused by a mentality rooted in delusions of “Enosis”.

At the current stage in the negotiations aiming to establish a new Partnership State in Cyprus based on the political equality of the two sides as put forth in the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014, it is clear that the Greek Cypriot parliament’s and leadership’s ownership of the proposal made by the far-right, racist ELAM will not contribute to confidence-building between the two peoples on the Island, nor will it contribute to the negotiation process. In fact, this current case as well as various previous examples, clearly demonstrated that as long as a fundamental change does not take place in such Greek Cypriot mentality- which refuses to accept the Turkish Cypriots as co-owners of the Island, it will be difficult to achieve results from the efforts aiming towards a settlement in Cyprus.”

Akıncı to receive Eide today

Ahead of his meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades on Thursday, President Mustafa Akıncı receives the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide today.

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President Akıncı had said that if the Greek Cypriot parliament does not reverse its decision, the agenda of the leaders’ meeting on Thursday will be dominated by this issue

Negotiators meeting was cancelled

Yesterday’s scheduled meeting of negotiators Özdil Nami and Andreas Mavroyannis was cancelled due to the developments after the decision of the Greek Cypriot parliament to mark the 1950 Enosis Plebiscite at Greek Cypriot schools. The last meeting of the negotiators was held last week on Tuesday and the two negotiators were supposed to meet yesterday in order to make preparations for the leaders’ meeting.

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The meeting between the two leaders on Thursday has not yet been confirmed. President Akıncı has noted that he would wait to see the response by the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades ahead of their scheduled meeting on Thursday.

Savvidu accused Greek Cypriot police with “racism”

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Greek Cypriot Ombudswoman Eliza Savvidu has accused Greek Cypriot police of racist behaviours. According to a report of the Politis newspaper, this statement came in light of a recent complaint by a foreign national who claimed that both he and his wife were victims of police brutality in 2013. Savvidu also said that they received similar complaints before and added that the Greek Cypriot police was warned about the issue.

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