President Ersin Tatar stressed that an agreement in Cyprus can only be reached on the basis of two sovereign equal states.
“We may experience problems with political recognition but the reality that the TRNC exists receives more and more recognition every passing day. No one can impose a solution on the TRNC people. We will never allow this” he said.
Speaking during a visit paid to him on Thursday by Istanbul Büyükçekmece Mayor Hasan Akgün and members of the municipal council, the president noted that the Cyprus issue was a national cause which is being defended together with Turkey.
Noting that the negotiations have continued for many years, Tatar said the Greek Cypriot side never desired a settlement with Turkish Cypriots on the basis of political equality.
Stating that the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo never owned the island, he said no one should expect Turkey to give up its rights on the island and should surrender to the idea of uniting the island with Greece.
“The aim of the Greek-Greek Cypriot duo is still Enosis. This is only a dream. The TRNC will be in cooperation with motherland Turkey till the end. It is our primary duty to further strengthen the economic structure of the TRNC and to protect the rights of our people in the national struggle. What’s important is the state, our sovereignty, our existence and our national stance” Tatar said.
Also on Thursday, President Tatar received the President of Turkey’s Economy Trade Association’s Sakarya Branch Şamil Dedeoğlu and his accompanying delegation.
Speaking during the visit, the President expressed the hope that the commercial, economic, cultural and political contacts between Turkey and the TRNC will be for the benefit of the two countries and referred to the importance of work to be carried out together.
“We are giving a struggle with Turkey to protect our interests in the Eastern Mediterranean” Tatar stressed.
Stating that the sacred ties between Turkey and the TRNC could not be broken, President Tatar noted that a solution in Cyprus could only be possible on the basis of two co-existing sovereign states.