The leader of Turkey’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli on Tuesday said that it was not possible to take any steps in the Eastern Mediterranean by excluding Turkey and the TRNC.
Bahçeli, evaluating his recent visit to the TRNC at a party meeting, said that Cyprus was a national cause for Turkey.
“There can be no concessions made, nor can there be a return to former conditions, negligence, violations or surrender,” he said, adding that the TRNC was more than just a political or strategic issue for Turkey.
“It is a matter of life or death, of existence. The TRNC’s security means Turkey’s security. The TRNC’s independence means Turkey’s independence,” Bahçeli said.
Touching upon the issue of Maraş, the MHP leader criticized those who created a ruckus over their visit to the fenced-off town.
“Were we expected to seek Greece’s permission to visit our own land? Were we to seek permission from the EU High Representative Josep Borrell who shared his disappointment over our visit to the town which has remained closed for 46 years to hold a picnic? Everyone knows there are two peoples living on the island. How should we evaluate the EU’s disturbance over the issue?” Bahçeli asked.
He questioned why various circles were disturbed by the beginning of a new era that will allow properties in the town to be reinstated to their rightful owners according to international law.
Bahçeli also condemned the statements and reactions of those he said were trying to transform Cyprus into a Greek island.
“When we look at Cyprus we only see Turks. We see a Turkish homeland,” he said.
Bahçeli also said that it was impossible to exclude Turkey or Turkish Cypriots from the Eastern Mediterranean and to usurp their rights.