The expressions used by the Greek Cypriot Administration Foreign Minister Yannis Kasulidis against Motherland Turkey, during the recent visit of the Serbian Foreign Minister to the Greek Cypriot administration, are unacceptable.

The only reason for the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean is the unilateral activities carried out by the Greek Cypriot administration. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Türkiye are taking and will continue to take equivalent steps against these unilateral actions in order to protect their legitimate rights and interests. The TRNC and Türkiye have made initiatives and offered constructive suggestions to ensure peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. The latest proposals of our President are very recent. We would also like to underline that our constructiveness should not be perceived as a weakness.

We would also like to remind Mr. Kasulidis that; Maraş is the territory of the TRNC and the decision-making authority regarding this land belongs to the TRNC.

There is no moral value in the Serbian Foreign Minister’s denial of the existence of the Turkish Cypriot People by only meeting with the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister and supporting the known views of the Greek Cypriot side on the Cyprus issue. We hope that he is aware of the fact that all the negotiation processes carried out within the framework of the United Nations parameters have been repeatedly rejected by the Greek Cypriot side and that the negotiation processes on this ground have now come to an end.

The acceptance of the proposal of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus based on the sovereign equality of the two States on the island and their equal international status will pave the way for an agreement in line with the realities on the island. Only in this way, the parties will be presented with a freely negotiated and mutually acceptable new ground and it will contribute not only to the two Peoples on the island, but also to the prosperity and stability of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

 

The UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2646 (2022) regarding the extension of the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a period of six months has been adopted on 28 July 2022.

The will and sovereignty of the Turkish Cypriot people have been ignored and the consent of the Turkish Cypriot side has not been obtained for the extension of the mandate of the UNFICYP. Although obtaining the consent of the parties is one of the main principles of peacekeeping operations, obtaining only the consent of the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) for the extension of the UNFICYP’s mandate leads to the questioning of for whom and what the UN Peacekeeping Force actually serves. The extension of the UNFICYP’s mandate by the UNSC, only with the agreement of the Greek Cypriot side, regarding its activities on the entire island compels us to take some measures.

The UN Peacekeeping Force has maintained its presence in our country and has been able to carry out its activities on the basis of our goodwill and hospitality, but it has been repeatedly stated to the UN and the relevant parties that this situation was not sustainable. We would like to express that we have given the UN sufficient time for our rightful demand of a formal agreement between the UN and the TRNC for many years, and that we will present a proposal to the UN on this matter in the near future.

The omittance in the resolution of the proposals made by our President on 1 and 8 July 2022, is a clear indication that the UN Security Council has adopted an extremely biased approach to the Cyprus issue. As is known, these new and unconditional proposals for cooperation, which have already been conveyed to the United Nations Secretary-General, would not only benefit the two peoples on the island but also offer a solution to the common challenges of the two peoples. It is understood that by not referring to the constructive cooperation proposals of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding a mine-free island and irregular migration, however on the other hand, calling on both sides on these issues, has no other purpose but to conceal the Greek side’s refusal to cooperate.

UNSC members refrain from even emphasizing that the hydrocarbon resources belong to the two peoples of the island. Similarly, they do not condemn the unilateral and illegal activities of the Greek Cypriot side carried out at the expense of the inherent rights and legitimate interests of the Turkish Cypriot people, which escalate the instability and tension in the region. It should be kept in mind that the Turkish Cypriot people, one of the two co-owners of the Island of Cyprus have legitimate, equal and inalienable rights in the hydrocarbon resources as the Greek Cypriots, and our proposals for cooperation in this regard should be taken into account. If the Greek Cypriot side continues its provocative activities, we will continue our determined steps to protect our rights and interests in the region together with Motherland Turkey. The reaction in the resolution to the opening we have made in the fenced off area of Maraş, an area within the territory of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which respects the international law and property claims, is unacceptable. It should not be forgotten that the Maraş opening is a step that enables the conclusion of the property claims within the fenced off area of Maraş, including by restitution, through the Immovable Property Commission, which is recognized as an effective domestic remedy mechanism by the European Court of Human Rights.  The Greek Cypriot leadership has habitualized to violate the buffer zone by placing nearly 300 heavy weapon firing positions in the buffer zone and along the border line, deploying kilometers of concertina wire fence and illegally constructing a cinema and university. The silence of UNSC on these and similar violations, constitutes a part of the same biased approach it has adopted in an effort to please the Greek Cypriot side. As long as the UNSC remains silent on the provocative actions of the Greek Cypriot leadership that trigger tension on the island, it will encourage the Greek Cypriot side to continue these malicious activities and hinder efforts to establish cooperation on the island.

The Security Council still continues to ignore our realistic proposal to establish a cooperative relationship based on the sovereign equality and equal international status of the two States and tries to impose the “federal solution” model that has been unsuccessful and exhausted for more than fifty years. This futile effort eliminates the possibility of reaching a freely negotiated and mutually acceptable agreement between the two parties on the island and serves for the continuation of the status quo favoring the Greek Cypriot side.

The maximalist attitude of the Greek Cypriot side has led to the failure of all negotiation processes, results in a constant tension in the Eastern Mediterranean, and also prevents solutions to irregular migration and other challenges. The only aim of the Greek side is to condemn the Turkish Cypriot people to live in isolation. Unfortunately, this stance of the Greek Cypriot side is supported by the misguided policy of the international community on the Cyprus issue.

The Turkish Cypriot side, with its realistic vision and constructive proposals, is doing its part to make the Island of Cyprus a source of peace and stability in the region. The UNSC should stop seeing the Greek side as the so-called sole representative of the island, and accept the fact that there are two States with sovereign equality and equal status on the island. In addition, it should understand that a sustainable agreement on the island can only be built on the basis of this understanding, and stop acting as a spokesperson for the propaganda of the Greek Cypriot leadership, which denies the Turkish presence on the island.

It has appeared on the press that the Greek Cypriot administration had decided to release a down-payment that will allow the purchase of attack helicopters from France for the use of the Greek Cypriot National Guard. This decision confirms once again that the Greek Cypriot side continues its armament program unabated, which threatens the stability and peace on our Island and in the Eastern Mediterranean.

These provocative activities of the Greek Cypriot side, including placement of nearly 250 heavy weapon firing positions along the border; organising firing exercises for the priests; supporting the PKK terrorist organization, spending millions of Euros on weapons and ammunition, conducting an increasing number of military exercises with many countries and establishing bilateral military alliances, have reached to an alarming level. It is simply clear that the target of these military activities are the Turkish Cypriot People.

The Greek Cypriot side’s so called confidence building measures serve no other purpose than to deceive the public opinion when on the other hand it continues its armament activities which pose a threat against the Turkish Cypriot People.The international community needs to see the played employed by the Greek Cypriot side.

The sale of attack helicopters by France, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, to the Greek Cypriot side, and the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States, are the most obvious and new indications that the United Nations Security Council is not a credible and impartial institution.

The support and cooperation extended to all the threatening policies of the Greek Cypriot administration is eliminating the possibility of a negotiated and acceptable agreement between the two Peoples. In addition, the unconditional support given to the Greek Cypriot administration prevents the establishment of a peaceful and stable environment much needed in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The military activities carried out by the Greek Cypriot administration together with other countries against our country, once again reveal the importance and indispensability of the effective guarantee of the Motherland Türkiye, and demonstrate how vital it is for us to defend our rights and interests together with our sole supporter Türkiye.

 

Lazaros Mavros, whose name was on the forged passport found during the capture of the terrorist leader Abdullah Öcalan, has appeared shamelessly holding a gun at a military exercise in the Greek Cypriot administration. We strongly condemn this move of the Greek Cypriot side within the scope of its recent provocative military activities, including the shooting practice of the Greek Cypriot priests.

The support given to the bloody terrorist organization PKK, which has killed thousands of our brothers and sisters in Türkiye for years, is a clear indication that the Greek Cypriot side is pursuing a policy of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. It has been understood that the Greek Cypriot administration is only paying a lip service to building a peaceful future, as it aims to damage Türkiye’s national interests and clinch enmity towards Turks.

Greek Cypriot administration’s challenging stance not only disrupts the peace and stability in the region, but also deepens the mistrust between the sides.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is determined to protect the political rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot People with the support of the Motherland Turkey, the sole protector of its security on the Island.

 

 

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We deplore the 2021 Report on Türkiye, which was voted and adopted by the European Parliament (EP),that reflects an unfortunate approach denying the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, as in previous reports.

The fact that the report includes, once again, the view that a solution to the Cyprus problem should be found on the basis of a “bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality” is an indication that the European Union is still ignoring the realities prevailing on the island.

The aim of the Greek Cypriot Administration (GCA) is to damage the reputation of the Republic of Türkiye and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the eyes of the European Union with baseless claims. We hope that the European Parliament and its institutions cease to being a tool for the ill-intended policies of Greek Cypriot side and Greece. In the said report, the call made by the European Parliament to Türkiye “ to abandon the two-state proposal in Cyprus” reveals that the European Union has made an assessment that is detached from the realities on the Island. We want to re-emphasize that our aforementioned new policy was formulated by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and supported by the Republic of Türkiye. The EU and its institutions who are the main responsible parties for the status quo, which subjects the Turkish Cypriot people to isolation and offers a comfort zone to the Greek Cypriot side, have no moral implication on commenting on the Cyprus issue.

It is well remembered that the Greek Cypriot side, also using their European Union membership, had disrupted the negotiation processes based on federation. Therefore, the negotiations conducted on this basis have been exhausted and a new chapter in the Cyprus problem has opened. Instead of attacking Türkiye, the European Union should urge the Greek Cypriot side, the source of the Cyprus problem, to agree upon the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal on a two-state solution based on sovereign equality and equal international status. It is unacceptable for us to observe that the European Union and its institutions, who have not fulfilled any of its promises regarding lifting of isolations, to include Türkiye’s political, economic and financial aids, which are our only support in its report. The development of the bi-lateral relations between the two States is solely dependent on the decision of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Republic of Türkiye. The EU and the Greek Cypriot Administration have no say in this matter.

The unfounded allegations in the report regarding the fenced-off area of Maraş also show that the Greek Cypriot Administration is trying to mislead the international public opinion on this issue. In this context, we want to remind once again the fact that the fenced-off area of Maraş is TRNC  territory and the authority regarding the fenced-off Maraş area belongs to the government of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

 

 

 

 

Our views regarding the military exercise, named “Agapinor 2022”, organized by the Greek Cypriot administration and Israel, were shared with the public and subsequently the Spokesperson of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement supporting our position. The Greek Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a presumptuous statement regarding the said issue, which targets Türkiye.

First and foremost, the Greek Cypriot side does not have the right to speak on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot People. It even goes as far as commenting on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot People regarding the relations between our State and Türkiye. The statement of the Greek Cypriot side, a product of an anachronistic mentality, overlooks the fact that the firm relations between the Motherland Türkiye and the TRNC cannot be harmed.

Placement of hundreds of heavy weapon firing positions along the border, organising firing exercises for the priests of the Greek Cypriot Orthodox Church, procuring radar systems, conducting military exercises with many countries, signing bilateral military cooperation agreements and engaging in unilateral activities in violation of the rights of the Turkish Cypriot People in the Eastern Mediterranean are few examples of the Greek Cypriot actions that reveal its insincerity. The insincerity of the Greek Cypriot side is also tested in the 2004 referenda. The only purpose of the Greek Cypriot side’s rejection of all proposals for an agreement is to force the Turkish Cypriot People to live under isolation. From the Turkish Cypriot People’s point of view, it is clear that the afore-mentioned actions of the Greek Cypriot side are sufficient to judge the insincerity of the Greek Cypriot side.

Greek Cypriot side is ignoring the views of the Turkish Cypriot People and even their existence. Its efforts to portray that, its only counterpart in the Cyprus issue is Türkiye, are doomed to fail. It is an undeniable fact that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus exists, has full sovereignty over its territory and is the only state that represents the Turkish Cypriot People, as one of the co-owners of the island.

We condemn the conduct of the joint military exercise “Agapinor 2022” by the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus (GCA) and Israel, at the expense of exacerbating tension in the region.

The GCA is increasing its armament activities and military exercises, as well as its other unilateral actions day by day. The military activities of the Greek Cypriot side prove beyond doubt that it is not interested in trust building between the two Peoples on the island and its statements paying lip service to the building of trust have no other aim but to deceive public opinion.

The military relations established with the Greek Cypriot side and the joint exercises of Israel and other relevant countries are tantamount to supporting such activities of the Greek Cypriot side. It is these kinds of activities that prevent the needed stability and peace in the region. We expect Israel and other relevant countries to cease supporting provocative policies of the GCA and encourage it to work towards reaching an agreement based on the sovereign equality of the two States on the island.

The military activities, including the military exercises, carried out against our country by the GCA, require us to defend our rights and interests unabated, together with Guarantor Motherland Türkiye. We are determined to continue defending our rights and interest.

 

Answering a question regarding the developments in the fenced-off area of Maraş, one of the Spokespersons of the European Commission has stated that opening of another beach in the fenced off area of Maraş “is a step in the wrong direction”. This statement is part and parcel of the Greek Cypriot policy of deceiving public opinion through the European Union.

As stated by our Ministry earlier, a decision has not been taken to open a new beach in the fenced-off area of Maraş but rather safety measures and rehabilitation of the beach, which is already in use, for the benefit of the visitors, are being undertaken. It is disappointing that the European Union is politicizing the issue, which is only about easing the use of public beach by its visitors, depending on the wrong information provided by the Greek Cypriot side.

The decisions that are being taken in line with international law by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the fenced-off area of Maraş, which is its own territory, is not subject to the approval of the Greek Cypriot administration or the European Union.

On the other hand, the European Unions’s silence against the unilateral activities of the Greek Cypriot side exacerbating tension the Eastern Mediterranean at the expense of the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people, is unacceptable.

We condemn the drilling activity conducted by the Greek Cypriot administration in the unilaterally declared so-called block 6.

With its unilateral activities, the Greek Cypriot administration continues to violate the equal rights of the Turkish Cypriot people over the natural resources of the island and exacerbate tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the island instead of engaging in cooperation.

Our proposal dated 13 July 2019 envisaging cooperation and equitable share of hydrocarbons, is still on the table.

We expect the Greek Cypriot administration to positively respond to our proposal and cease its unilateral activities immediately. If it fails to do so, as the Turkish Cypriot side, we will continue resolutely to undertake hydrocarbon activities in the blocks licensed in 2011 on the basis of our inherent rights. There should be no controversy in that.

In addition, we will continue to support Turkey’s proposal of 2020 which envisages convening of a comprehensive conference with the participation of all relevant parties in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

 

We regret to hear the shooting at the UNFICYP patrol vehicle in the buffer zone on 21 May 2022, Saturday. It is a source of relief to know that the bullet hit to the UN patrol vehicle has not resulted in any casualties. It was identified that the person or persons who fired at the UNFICYP vehicle ran away towards the Greek Cypriot administration of Southern Cyprus. We sympathize with the UNFICYP and wish that such incidents do not recurre.