Ombudspersons visit PM Ünal Üstel
Date Added: 22 May 2024

As part of their contacts in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Türkiye’s Chief Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç and Azerbaijan’s Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva, along with their respective delegations, were received by Prime Minister Ünal Üstel on Tuesday.

The meeting highlighted the deepening cooperation and solidarity among the Turkish states.

Prime Minister Üstel, during the meeting, emphasized the concept of “three states, one nation,” underlining that the unity of Turkic states is demonstrated on every platform, and the gathering of ombudspersons from these nations reaffirms this unity to the world.

He recalled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call for the recognition of the TRNC and noted its subsequent membership in the Organization of Turkic States (OTS).

Since then, there have been significant consultations between institutions in the fields of economy, education, and tourism, which Üstel described as a source of great happiness.

He acknowledged the unwavering support of Türkiye over the past 50 years, stating, “Without the motherland Türkiye and our resilient people, there wouldn’t be a single Turk on these lands today.”

Türkiye’s Chief Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç for his part highlighted the peace that has prevailed in Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation, despite conflicts and atrocities elsewhere in the world.

He praised the collaborative efforts in the areas of ombudsmanship, law, and human rights with Ombudsman İlkan Varol and underscored the importance of Aliyeva’s visit and support.

Also speaking, Azerbaijan’s Human Rights Commissioner Sabina Aliyeva reiterated the vision of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, saying, “Our path is the unity of the Turkic world.”

She stressed the need for unity in all areas, stating, “Strength is in unity,” and called for continued joint efforts.

Prime Minister Üstel also reflected on the historical significance of these ties and announced upcoming efforts to further strengthen relationships in various sectors, including business, sports, education, and tourism.

He highlighted the importance of the official state protocol received during his visit to Azerbaijan, marking a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Üstel shared plans for an upcoming visit to Baku on June 12, where he will meet with leaders of the Organization of Turkic States (OIC) to further enhance these bonds.