Pr. Tatar: UN’s behaviour is unacceptable, we will not accept a fait accompli
Date Added: 14 September 2023

President Ersin Tatar slammed the UN on Wednesday in an interview with the Turkish Ulusal Channel regarding the attempted intervention of UN Peacekeepers in the work carried out by Cyprus Turkish Security Forces along the TRNC border.

Speaking to Turkish television, Tatar said the Turkish Cypriot side “does not welcome the misbehaviour” of the soldier, and said the UN launched its investigation into the matter after the Turkish Cypriot side lodged a complaint.

He noted that although the buffer zone was under the UN’s control and lies between the TRNC and the Greek Cypriot administration, the incident occurred within TRNC’s territory.

Tatar stressed that the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot side, with the support of the guarantor country, Türkiye, was to protect its borders.

Tatar, stating that the UN has been biased in its interventions, said, “We will never accept their fait accompli and impositions. There is a state, authority, army, and police here. There is the guarantor Republic of Türkiye. We have inherent sovereignty and rights that come from history. Türkiye also has rights on land, sea, and in the air.”

In response to a question about the panel on ‘the place and importance of the TRNC in the Turkic World integration’, which was organized after the TRNC’s observer membership in the Organization of Turkic States, the President said, “It was said that the Turkish Cypriot side could not carry out any project in Cyprus without the permission of the Greek Cypriot administration. We reached an agreement with Türkiye and brought water. We will also bring electricity. The implementation of the projects shows that we are a sovereign state.”