Cyprus Today




THE world should “recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as soon as possible”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in his speech at the 77th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Addressing delegates, diplomats, and dignitarie­s from across the world on Tuesday, President Erdoğan also said that the internatio­nal community should “put an end to the oppression towards the Turkish Cypriots and to the efforts to isolate them from the world through embargoes, contrary to the principles of the United Nations”, before explicitly telling the General Assembly for the first time to recognise North Cyprus as an independen­t state.

The call came after he had spoken about relations with Greece, and the Eastern Mediterran­ean, with Mr Erdoğan saying: “Together with the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, we have always shown goodwill and have displayed constructi­ve efforts to reach a just, lasting and sustainabl­e settlement to the Cyprus issue.”

He added that “in fact, anyone who is willing to see the truth is aware that there are two distinct states and two distinct peoples on the island today” and that “the reaffirmat­ion of the rights of equal sovereignt­y and equal internatio­nal status of the Turkish Cypriot people is the key to a settlement on the island”.

TRNC President Ersin Tatar was jubilant at the speech, releasing a statement lauding it as “historic”.

He praised Mr Erdoğan for conveying “the demands and expectatio­ns of the Turkish Cypriot people and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus from the internatio­nal community”.

Mr Tatar also disclosed in his statement that he had telephoned Mr Erdoğan following his speech to “express gratitude for himself as well as on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people”.

He added: “I sincerely hope that the internatio­nal community will listen to President Erdoğan on the matter, and the way is opened for the TRNC to reach its deserved place in the internatio­nal arena, free from isolation and restrictio­ns.”

Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğ­lu said: “These statements of President Erdoğan point out that we are at a turning point regarding the Cyprus issue [and] are a declaratio­n to the world that the official recognitio­n of the existence of two states that will live in tranquilli­ty on the island of Cyprus is the only solution to the Cyprus issue.

“We expect the injustice done to the Turkish Cypriot People, who have been subjected to many

atrocities, to be ended as soon as possible.

“We invite the internatio­nal community to heed the calls of President Erdoğan. The time has come . . . for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to take its rightful place in the internatio­nal community. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

Reaction to the idea of “recognitio­n” elsewhere, however, was mixed. Main opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Tufan Erhürman, referencin­g the farce surroundin­g the postponed local government elections and the violation of the Constituti­on on the part of the government, wrote on social media: “I think the first move to recognise the TRNC should come from those who claim that they ‘govern’ this country and that there is a ‘government’ in this country.”

He added: “It should not be easy to claim that you ‘recognise’ a country when you do not care about the will of its people, its Constituti­on, its legal order, or its institutio­nal structure.”


The CTP’s general secretary Asım Akansoy said in an interview on BRT TV that “we should put forward a policy that will strengthen our hand on the table during the negotiatio­n process regarding the Cyprus problem”, and that “we must act within the framework of the United Nations parameters” otherwise other countries “will want nothing to do with us”.

He also suggested that Mr Erdoğan’s calls for the TRNC to be recognised were aimed at the “domestic audience”.

Kudret Özersay, the leader of the People’s Party (HP) and a former foreign minister, said that while Mr Erdoğan’s call at the UN General Assembly for the TRNC to be recognised is an “important and positive step” the “most important thing is whether or not this call will be fulfilled”.

He continued: “If we really want the TRNC to be recognised, we must insist on the formation of government­s based on the will of the people.

“The selection of prime ministers, ministers, and cabinets by foregoing democratic practices and ignoring the will of the people; and the fact that the Turkish government is decisive in determinin­g these, even its appearance, harms the Turkish side’s assertion that [the TRNC] is a separate state.”

Dr Özersay added that “the relationsh­ip between Turkey and the TRNC should be reviewed and it should be shown that this is an independen­t state, not only in words, but also in practice”.

Meanwhile President Tatar is due to meet with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York today.

Ahead of that meeting, Mr Tatar said he will tell Mr Guterres that the “position of the Turkish Cypriot side has not changed” from the one he put forward at a meeting in Geneva in April last year.

Meanwhile, Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiad­es was due to give his speech to the General Assembly yesterday.

PRESIDENT Ersin Tatar travelled to New York ahead of the 77th annual United Nations General Assembly.

As the TRNC is not recognised by the UN as an independen­t state, Mr Tatar did not make a speech at the General Assembly, but busied himself with a number of other engagement­s.

His first engagement of note was to attend the annual gala dinner of the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) at the Rockefelle­r Centre.

He was joined by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and First Lady Emine Erdoğan, as well as other Turkish ministers.

Mr Tatar then met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for a meal, where he was joined by the TRNC’s Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğ­lu and presidenti­al special representa­tive Ergün Olgun.

President Tatar later met with the secretary general of the Organisati­on of Turkic States, Baghdad Amreyev, at the Türkevi (Turkish House) skyscraper in Manhattan.

The meeting was also attended by Mr Ertuğruloğ­lu, his undersecre­tary Kemal Köprülü, the TRNC’s New York representa­tive Mehmet Dana and the TRNC’s Washington DC representa­tive Mustafa Lakadamyal­ı.

At the meeting, the attendees discussed the issues of improving relations and increasing solidarity between the TRNC and the Organizati­on of Turkic States (OTS).

Mr Tatar spoke of how the OTS holds “great importance” for the TRNC, and expressed his hope that the bond between the TRNC and the OTS be strengthen­ed.

On Wednesday Mr Tatar met for a second time with Mr Erdoğan, at the Turkish House, together with their respective foreign ministers and officials.

No statement about the content of the discussion, which was “closed to the press”, was released.

Meanwhile Mr Olgun held a meeting with Anna Evstigneev­a, the Deputy Permanent Representa­tive of the Russian Federation to the United Nations.

Mr Olgun told Ms Evstigneev­a that there should be a two

state-based solution to the Cyprus problem.

The pair also discussed “regional developmen­ts” and the “improvemen­t of bilateral relations”.

In addition to his meeting with Ms Evstigneev­a, Mr Olgun also held a meeting with the United Nations undersecre­tary general for political and peace-building affairs Rosemary DiCarlo. Mr Olgun informed Ms DiCarlo about the six “cooperatio­n proposals” or confidence-building measures proposed by the Turkish Cypriot side, and also reaffirmed his commitment to a two-state solution to the Cyprus problem. Mr Ertuğruloğ­lu also made himself busy in New York, holding a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpar­t Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Mr Ertuğruloğ­lu thanked Mr Zardari for “the support and solidarity that friendly and brotherly country Pakistan has given to the TRNC within the framework of the Organisati­on of Islamic Cooperatio­n”. The pair also agreed “that the existing relations between the two countries should be developed and taken forward”.

 ?? ?? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday
 ?? ?? President Ersin Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meeting at the Turkish House in Manhattan
President Ersin Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meeting at the Turkish House in Manhattan

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