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TRNC News 2nd May 2019

1. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay evaluated his Istanbul contacts on BRT ….
2. Özersay: “The price of short-sightedness of 15 years ago has been high” ….

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay evaluated his Istanbul contacts on BRT

Minister Özersay said that they discussed the latest stage reached on the Cyprus problem.

Pointing out the actions of the Greek Cypriot side in the Eastern Mediterranean, Özersay said that they have also mentioned the relations of the Greek Cypriot side with third countries on military, defence and security issues. Özersay added “According to us, these are the initiatives which can endanger the regional security and stability because both the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey are excluded. These are the developments which will affect the stability of the region in a negative way”.

Furthermore, stressing that the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey will not allow the Greek Cypriot side to usurp the rights of the Turkish Cypriots by their unilateral activities in the field of energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, Özersay said that they have also discussed how they can take measures on the issue and put our rights into practice.

Özersay: “The price of short-sightedness of 15 years ago has been high”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay stated that it has become clearer in the last years that it was a wrong decision to make the Greek Cypriot side an EU member unilaterally 15 years ago on 1 May 2004, who prevented solution of the Cyprus problem, and stressed that the Turkish Cypriot people have paid the price of this wrong decision.

Minister Özersay added that this unjust EU membership was an unfair action which was against the EU’s own values and we as the Turkish Cypriots have paid the price of this unfairness for the last 15 years. This short-sightedness caused the Turkish Cypriot side to move further away from a solution and the Greek Cypriot side securing a greater comfort zone. Following their EU membership, the Greek Cypriot side has undertaken a mission to put obstacles or delays on each issue.

In his statement yesterday (1st May), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay stressed that the Turkish Cypriot people have become the victims of this mistake of the EU, however, this situation will not change the reality of the Turkish Cypriots being European citizens.

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