- Çavuşoğlu: “The issues of guarantorship and security is more important than ever in Cyprus today” ….
- Candan speaks to Italian press: “Turkish Cypriots are a part of the EU, they are Europeans” ….
Çavuşoğlu: “The issues of guarantorship and security is more important than ever in Cyprus today”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu stated that today the entire world’s eyes are on the Eastern Mediterranean and it is an area of tension. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in turning the Eastern Mediterranean into an area of peace.
Çavuşoğlu delivered a speech during the joint meeting of the 99th Rose-Roth Seminar and the Mediterranean and the Middle East special group of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Antalya, Turkey and he also touched upon the Cyprus issue.
Regarding the guarantor countries on the Cyprus issue, Çavuşoğlu expressed his disagreement concerning the statement of the Greek parliament saying that “Cyprus is an EU country and the guarantorship is not within the framework of the modern world”.
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu continued:
“At this time, the guarantee of Turkey is very important for Turkish Cypriots and Cyprus. The second issue is that despite all our efforts and goodwill calls to Greek Cypriots, without guaranteeing the rights of the Turkish Cypriots (Greece and the Greek Cypriot side accepted that the Turkish Cypriot side has such rights) the Greek Cypriot side has started unilateral hydrocarbon activities and this reminds us that the guarantee of Turkey is more important than ever in Cyprus today.
On the one hand, they try to operate unilaterally with some countries and they express that ‘the Turkish Cypriot side also has rights’, on the other hand they ignore it. Then, who will defend the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people? Turkey will defend as a guarantor. This is Turkey’s most natural right and the Turkish Cypriot people say that the guarantorship is more sensitive than ever before. As Greece, you do not wish for this. You cannot decide for this. Turkish Cypriot people will decide and we decide, as Turkey, for this. The issues of guarantorship and security are more important than ever in Cyprus today. You cannot underestimate it with statements such as ‘outdated or outmoded’.
Candan speaks to Italian press: “Turkish Cypriots are a part of the EU, they are Europeans”
The Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Deputy and Foreign Relations Secretary Armağan Candan gave an interview to the Italian media in Strasbourg during the General Council of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Candan and Italian parliamentarian Roberto Rampi answered the questions of the Radicale Media Organisation together regarding the Cyprus problem. In his interview, Candan said that the Turkish Cypriots are a part of the European Union who showed their will to the whole world in 2004 with their ‘yes’ votes for the Annan plan.
“We as Turkish Cypriots want to reach peace with the Greek Cypriots in the Island of Cyprus. We are still working with this aim. The Greek Cypriots should share their administration and power with the Turkish Cypriots” Candan stressed. Candan also pointed out that the Turkish Cypriots cannot carry out direct trade and many other ordinary things under the current conditions, and one of these is that the Turkish Cypriots cannot attend international sport activities.
Adding that the Turkish Cypriots take place at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe with a special status, Candan said that they have right to speak but cannot vote therefore a way should be found to strengthen the status of the Turkish Cypriots.
Furthermore, the Italian parliamentarian Roberto Rampi conveyed his views regarding the developments in Cyprus. Expressing that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is the only international organization where the Turkish Cypriots are represented, Rampi said that this can serve as a model for the European Parliament. Stressing that the European Parliament elections will be held in the near future, Rampi said that the Turkish Cypriots who are the European Union citizens will not have the opportunity to be represented in the European Parliament. “This is a problem because North Cyprus is a part of Europe. The European Union should take steps on the issue and especially should give hope to the youth. The Turkish Cypriots are a part of the European Union therefore they do not deserve any restriction, including sports”.