President Ersin Tatar delivers speech at Oxford
Date Added: 21 November 2023


President Ersin Tatar has reiterated that the Turkish Cypriots are equal partners on the island and that the injustices committed against them must come to an end.

The president’s words came during a speech he delivered at Oxford University titled “The Future of Cyprus” as part of his contacts in London.

During the conference, President Tatar asserted that the realities in Cyprus are clear, that there are two states on the island and that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue to pursue a policy of a two-state solution in collaboration with Türkiye.

Speaking at Oxford University on Monday, President Ersin Tatar said that there were two states, two nations, two different languages, religions, and cultures in Cyprus. He expressed the view that the Turkish Cypriot people follow in the footsteps of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and that Türkiye has always been by their side.

He highlighted the crucial role played by Türkiye in the creation of a Turkish Cypriot state following years of struggle and the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation.

Providing a brief background of the Cyprus Problem, Tatar said that Greece and the Greek Cypriots have not abandoned their goal of transforming Cyprus into a Greek island.

President Tatar also mentioned that the UK, one of the three guarantor countries in Cyprus, has two bases on the island and that the United Nations is also present, but in the past, it remained silent in the face of attacks and massacres against the Turkish Cypriot people.

Tatar said that Turkish Cypriots who were subjected to numerous atrocities since 1963 achieved their freedom with the arrival of the Turkish Armed Forces on July 20, 1974.

“The island of Cyprus achieved peace, tranquillity and security with the arrival of Turkish forces. Today, Türkiye serves as a guarantee of peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said.

Tatar also highlighted the injustices committed against Turkish Cypriots, pointing out that the Greek Cypriot side has rejected all emerging agreements, while promises made to the Turkish Cypriot people who said “yes” to the 2004 Annan Plan have not been kept.

President Ersin Tatar affirmed that the TRNC has been continuing its struggle for sovereignty, independence, and statehood for 40 years and will never give up.

He stated that they will never renounce the guarantorship of Türkiye.

Emphasizing the equal partnership of the Turkish Cypriot people on the island, Tatar suggested that a solution could only be found on the basis of two states, as well as the recognition of sovereign equality and the international equal status of the Turkish Cypriot people.

Tatar explained that with the full support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a new policy is being pursued, and they are ready for collaborative efforts based on the cooperation of the two states, particularly in the field of energy.

Highlighting that the era of seeking a federal solution has ended, Tatar stated that a solution based on sovereign equality with two states in Cyprus is now possible, and they will not embark on an adventure that would lead them to minority status.

Tatar, noting that many promises were made to the Turkish Cypriot people in the past but embargoes were imposed in various fields, expressed that the loss of trust in the international community was experienced, and the events in Gaza today once again underscored the importance of Türkiye’s guarantees for Turkish Cypriots.

“Therefore, we are always open to collaborations that will carry the island to the future, based on the foundation of two states and the continued guarantorship of Türkiye,” the president said.

Answering questions, Tatar mentioned that the Turkish Cypriot people are still being subjected to embargoes, but thanks to the Republic of Türkiye, they continue to strive and grow stronger.

President Tatar also stressed that instead of hindering the TRNC everywhere, cooperation with the Turkish Republic would bring stability to the island and the region.