Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu condemned regretfully the baseless claims of the Greek Cypriot Foreign Minister Yoannis Kasulidis referring to the TRNC as a “fake state” which is recognized only by Turkey.

In his written statement, Ertuğruloğlu said: “We request the Greek Cypriot side to avoid making such statements, to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible and to establish a new partnership government which is based on political and sovereign equality of the two peoples in the island.

Stating that the statement of Kasulidis revealed insincerity of the Greek Cypriot side once more towards a fair and comprehensive political settlement based on the political equality of both sides in the Cyprus issue, Ertuğruloğlu said: “The Cyprus problem started with the Greek Cypriots to expel its partner the Turkish Cypriots by force of arms from state organisations in 1963 and then they began to isolate the Turkish Cypriot people. Today, there are two separate communities in the island and an indisputable fact is that the legitimate TRNC is one of them. Ertuğruloğlu also emphasized that the main “fake state” is the Greek Cypriot side which violated the partnership and claimed to represent the whole island.”