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Özersay: “The EU’s attitude ignores the interests of the Turkish Cypriot side”

 

Speaking at the General Council of the TRNC Assembly, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay said that the EU had assumed an attitude which ignored the interests of Turkish Cypriots, after the Greek Cypriot side became a member of the EU. Özersay added that this attitude harms the standing of the EU.

Özersay also stated that the EU was adopting resolutions by hiding behind the term ‘solidarity’. He drew attention to the decision taken by the International Court of Justice against Turkey regarding the issue of maritime zones, particularly in such a short period of time.

“These statements are not even funny. The issue is not a legal one, it is political” said Özersay. Furthermore, Özersay gave the Direct Trade Regulation as an example of a law which has “fallen victim to the political bargaining” and noted that the decisions taken on such issues were always political.