Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu assesses the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands

Assessing the diplomatic crisis between Turkey and the Netherlands, Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu said that the crisis demonstrated a highly right wing mentality once again. He said, “This chauvinist mentality will also encourage the Enosis supporters on the Greek Cypriot side.”

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu  responded strongly to the scandal that arose due to the cancellation of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and  Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya’s permit to fly to the Netherlands, barring them from entering the Rotterdam consulate, and leading to them being escorted out of the country.

Interpreting the developments as resurgence of right wing mentality, Minister Ertuğruloğlu said, “The attitude of the Netherlands, which does not comply with the diplomatic norms, cannot be acceptable especially with regards to the treatment of a female minister.”

Responding a question about whether the tension between Turkey and some European countries affects the negotiation process in Cyprus, Ertuğruloğlu said, “tension with EU countries will not affect us, because the negotiation process is already over. In other words, the tire has exploded, as Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has said. However, this chauvinist mentality that has emerged in Europe has made Enosis supporters on the Greek Cypriot side happy.”

64% of Greek Cypriots think that the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives’ decision to mark Enosis is “wrong”

Simerini, a Greek Cypriot newspaper recently published a survey about the approval of legislation related to the “Enosis Plebiscite” by the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives.

The results showed that 64% of Greek Cypriots believe the approval of legislation related to the “Enosis Plebiscite” was “wrong.” According to the survey, 45% of respondents believe that the Cyprus negotiations have failed.

In response to the question, “Who is responsible for the failure of negotiations?”, 14% of participants answered that the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives was to blame with 4% blaming the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades and 3%  responding “all”.

In answer to the question, “Should the historical developments in Cyprus be forgotten in order to resolve the Cyprus problem?”  78% of participants answered “no”.

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