Tatar awards medals to women veterans
Date Added: 09 May 2022

President Ersin Tatar on Sunday awarded medals to women freedom fighter veterans for their services during the national struggle years.

The event held at the TMT Freedom Fighters Association building was also attended by the Commander of the Turkish Peace Forces in Cyprus Major General Sezai Öztürk, the Commander of the Cyprus Turkish Security Forces Zorlu Topaloğlu, the head of the TMT Association Yılmaz Bora, other military officials and families of veterans.

Speaking at the ceremony held on the occasion of mother’s day, President Ersin Tatar said that the Turkish Cypriot peoples’ struggle continued.

He said that cooperation with motherland Turkiye was vital when protecting rights and interests in the Eastern Mediterranean as part of the Blue Homeland doctrine.

Tatar pointed out that it was impossible to achieve a federal settlement in Cyprus and that they will continue to pursue their policy in favour of a two-state solution based on sovereign equality and international equal status to the very end.

He argued that a federal settlement will eventually lead to the assimilation of Turkish Cypriots stripping them of their rights.

“We know this game all too well. That is why we want two states that co-exist side-by-side. We are stressing just how important our independence and freedom is to be able to continue to exist on this island,” the president added.

Tatar said that the Turkish Cypriot side’s new policy was supported by the public and highlighted how important such a solution was for maintaining the Turkish-Greek balance in the Eastern Mediterranean.

“The continuation of Turkiye’s guarantees and the presence of Turkish troops is our red line,” he said.

Following his speech, medals were awarded to women who served during the national struggle years.