In­ter­view With Hon­or­able, H.E. Mr. Mustafa Caner EVRAN Am­bas­sador of Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus in Pak­istan

Am­bas­sador of Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus in Pak­istan

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Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus (TRNC) and Pak­istan are en­joy­ing deep rooted broth­erly bi­lat­eral re­la­tions since the com­mence­ment of the re­la­tions. Pak­istan shares many his­tor­i­cal and re­li­gious com­mon­al­i­ties with TRNC. TRNC is a his­tor­i­cal and en­riched in cul­tural con­nec­tions and re­source rich coun­try lo­cated with a sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial in the field of econ­omy and hu­man re­source. Re­cently TheDi­plo­mat­icIn­sight ar­ranged an ex­clu­sive sit­ting with H.E. Mr. Mustafa Caner EVRAN to share views on is­sues of bi­lat­eral level be­tween Pak­istan and TRNC and to high­light the con­flict in Cyprus. Fol­low­ing are the ex­cerpts of the in­ter­view. Q:Pak­istanandTRNCaret­wo­broth­er­ly­coun­tries,how­would you term the re­la­tion­ships since the time of in­cep­tion of diplo­mati­cre­la­tions? An­swer: The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Pak­istan and Turk­ish Repub­lic of North­ern Cyprus has been warm and cor­dial since the in­cep­tion of the Repub­lic. The re­la­tion­ships come from heart and are deep rooted linked with his­tory, cul­ture, re­li­gion and com­mon ob­jec­tives of peace and har­mony in the­world. When we look to­wards Pak­istan, we feel much closer to the coun­try and its peo­ple. Peo­ple of Pak­istan are warm and friendly and they are more hos­pitable. We estab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with Pak­istan in 1987 af­ter the in­cep­tion of the Repub­lic and since then there is con­tin­u­ous growth and col­lab­o­ra­tion of the re­la­tions at all lev­els. We ex­press grat­i­tude to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Pak­istan and its broth­erly peo­ple that they have been for the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port to theTurk­ish Cypriot Ex­tend­ing peo­ple on the Cyprus con­flict. Q:Whatis­back­ground­ofthe­con­flict­inCyprus? Ans: The Mediter­ranean Is­land of Cyprus has suf­fered a long his­tory of for­eign dom­i­na­tion, vi­o­lence and civil strife. Since the 1950s, when it­was still a colony of Bri­tain, Cyprus be­came a con­flict­ing re­gion be­tween two main ethnic/ re­li­gious pop­u­la­tions--- Greek Cypri­ots and Turk­ish Cypri­ots. The Ot­tomans con­quered the main Cyprus land in 1571 and later af­ter World War I Bri­tish Em­pire de­clared that Cyprus be­longed to it. Af­ter Ot­tomans many Turks came to live in Cyprus. Cyprus turned into in­hab­i­tants of Greeks and Turks. When Greece gained in­de­pen­dence from Ot­tomans in 1830, Greece wanted to ex­pand its ter­ri­tory and thus in­tended to ex­pand to en­gulf Cyprus as well. Dur­ing the Bri­tish pe­riod in 1931, Greek Cypri­ots made a riot against the Bri­tish rule and h the then gover­nor's house de­mand­ing union with Greece. As a result of th­ese ri­ots and civil strife an opinion poll­was held where 96% of the Greek Cypri­ots de­clared to join with Greece while the Turk­ish Cypri­ots wanted to join to their moth­er­land Turkey. At that time this was not the in­ten­tion of the Em­pire to di­vide the Cyprus. Greek Cypri­ots or­ga­nized a re­volt against the rule and it was an armed strug­gle where they started at­tack­ing on Bri­tish cit­i­zens and Turks at the same time. Three years later, we formed our own re­sis­tance move­ment which was meant only for the self de­fence. It was meant to re­sist the atroc­i­ties done by theGreek Cypri­ots on us. In 1960 Bri­tain de­cided to leave from Cyprus and later Cyprus Repub­lic was es­tab­lished. In the same year, the Repub­lic was col­lapsed af­ter three years of its es­tab­lish­ment, in 1963, when the Greek Cypri­ots launched an armed at­tacked against the Turk­ish Cypriot co-founder part­ner and force­fully ousted it from the whole or­gans of the com­mon state. The main aim of the Greek Cypri­ots was to unite the is­land with main­land Greece. The Moslem Turk­ish Cypriot peo­ple did not ac­cepted and never bow to this, or­ga­niz­ing a re­sis­tance against the Greek and Greek Cypriot dom­i­na­tion at­tempts. Turk­ish Cypri­ots, who were forced to leave their vil­lages and houses and live in en­claves for se­cu­rity rea­sons, in time es­tab­lished their own ad­min­is­tra­tive setup to run their day-to-day af­fairs. This sit­u­a­tion lasted eleven years from 1963 to 1974, the year when the Mil­i­tary Junta com­pris­ing of Colonels in Greece staged a coup d`etat in Cyprus on 15 July 1974 and top­pled the Greek Cypriot Makar­ios Gov­ern­ment, re­plac­ing him with the no­to­ri­ous anti-Turk and anti-Is­lam char­ac­ter Ni­cos Samp­son as the `pres­i­dent of Cyprus`. Samp­son on the same day ap­peared on the state tele­vi­sion and stated that from then on Cyprus had been united with moth­er­land Greece!... Samp­son also said that, it was now time to elim­i­nate the­w­hole pop­u­la­tion ofTurk­ish Cypri­ots.

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