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TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed that the bilateral agreements reached between Egypt and South Cyprus within the framework of South Cyprus visit of Egypt President Sisi will in no way be binding on the Turkish Cypriots and will be considered null and void.
The Foreign Ministry has announced that a United Nations (UN) convoy crossed over the border into the TRNC yesterday from the Ledra Palace checkpoint to deliver the medical supplies to Greek Cypriots living in the Dipkarpaz area.
Speaking yesterday (16th August) during the ceremony to commemorate the liberation of Lefke as part of the Second Peace Operation, Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün said that Turkish Cypriots recognise the importance of the ‘Happy Peace Operation’. He said, “We celebrated our liberation with enthusiasm in the ceremonies organised in Serdarlı, Gazimağusa and Lefke. We also burst into tears before the graves of the people that were brutally killed, including innocent and defenceless children, women and elderly, in Muratağa Atlılar and Sandallar”. Özgürgün added that commemorating the Second Peace Operation, which began on 14 August 1974 and lasted for three days, brings excitement and enthusiasm because it crowned them with victory.
Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has stated that, since the official declaration by the UN Secretary General that the Cyprus negotiation process came to a close without a conclusion in Switzerland earlier this month, a new page should be opened on the Cyprus talks on a state-to-state basis, based on equality.