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Turkey Rejects European Parliament Resolution on Cyprus

Turkey Rejects European Parliament Resolution on Cyprus

ANKARA – Turkey on Friday rejected a “non-binding” European Parliament (EP) resolution against Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on the Maras and Cyprus issues.
“We totally reject the non-binding resolution adopted by Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on our country and the TRNC,” Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said in a statement.
Stressing that Turkey fully supports the statement made by the TRNC Presidency on this issue, Aksoy said:
“This decision, which is undoubtedly dictated by the Greek Cypriot administration, shows once again that how far the EP is out of touch with reality and has prejudices on the Cyprus issue.”
Aksoy added that if the EP maintains this approach and this mentality, it is not possible for the organs of the European Union to make a constructive contribution to the solution of the Cyprus issue.
Turkey calls on the EP and the EU to face the realities of the island and to take into account the presence of the Turkish Cypriot people as well as to respect the EU commitments made in April 2004 towards the Turkish Cypriots, he stressed.
He noted that Turkey will continue to protect both its own rights and those of Turkish Cypriots, adding that at the same time Turkey will continue its efforts of dialogue and negotiations.
The EP asked Turkey to reverse its decision to reopen part of Maras and to resume negotiations aimed at solving the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation.
He also called on the EU to impose sanctions on Turkey.
The abandoned town of Maras in Gazimagusa, also known as Famagusta, was partially reopened to the public on October 8.
Maras was a ghost town to which entry was prohibited except for Turkish army personnel stationed in the TRNC.
Cyprus has been divided into the TRNC to the north and the Greek Cypriot administration to the south since a 1974 military coup aimed at annexing Cyprus to Greece.
Turkey’s military intervention as a guarantor power in 1974 ended years of persecution and violence against Turkish Cypriots by ultra-nationalist Greek Cypriots.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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