Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün has stated the Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church has been the architect and financer of hostile words and action against Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus over the course of history and that the current Archbishop Hrisostomos II has continued his usual disrespect towards Turkish Cypriots.

In his statement, Prime Minister Özgürgün said that Archbishop Hrisostomos, who recently attended an event for Greek Cypriot youths, continued to direct insulting discourse and attitudes towards Turkish Cypriots, and exceeded the limits of respect.

The Prime Minister said, “It should be known that the words of Archbishop Hrisostomos II regarding the termination of Turkey’s guarantee, breaking ties between Turkey and the TRNC, and his proposal of a two-state solution within the scope of Europe, on the condition that all northern refugees return, is no more than storytelling to these students. It is shameless and discourteous towards the Turkish Cypriot people, who are always honoured and proud of being a member of the Turkish Nation, to refer them as the ”Greek-origin Orthodox Christians who became Muslim under economic pressures.”

Foreign Minister Ertuğruloğlu meets with the Executive Director of the Islamic Solidarity Fund

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu recently received the Executive Director of the Islamic Solidarity Fund, İbrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzayem.  Ertuğruloğlu thanked Al-Khuzayem for the Fund’s contributions to the TRNC.

During the meeting, Ertuğruloğlu expressed his wish to work with the Islamic Solidarity Fund to ensure that its projects are fruitful for the Turkish Cypriot people. Al-Khuzayem talked about the Fund’s contributions towards the TRNC, and said that it will support projects which directly concern the Turkish Cypriot people. Stating that cooperation is particularly possible in the fields of education and health, Al-Khuzayem said that the Fund will work closely with the TRNC.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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