President Ersin Tatar said on Monday that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will continue to struggle against the inhumane embargoes imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people with the unwavering support of motherland Türkiye.
Tatar was responding to the latest remarks made by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades.
In a written statement issued on Monday, President Tatar said that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades had crossed the line with his latest remarks and uncontrolled comments, not only insulting Turkish Cypriots in the process but also becoming disreputable.
“Anastasiades, who is acting as if he is the sole owner of the island, sees it his right to even intervene in the TRNC’s bilateral relations, and in the process believes that he can act the way he pleases as a result of this false notion he has created,” Tatar said.
He accused the Greek Cypriot leadership of trying to crush the Turkish Cypriot people with inhumane embargoes and isolation since 1963.
Defending the 2022 Financial and Economic Protocol signed with Türkiye, the president said that the protocol will be for the benefit of the Turkish Cypriot people, easing the impact of the current economic crisis as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
“It has been observed that this protocol which aims to strengthen the TRNC’s economy had disturbed Anastasiades. The Greek Cypriot leader’s choice has been to tighten the economic stranglehold on the Turkish Cypriot people, to hit our most important tourism sector in the process, making us destitute to the Greek Cypriot administration,” he said.
Tatar complained that these actions were a reflection of the Greek Cypriot side’s mentality which he said would become more evident in the run-up to the presidential elections in the south.
“I would like to make the following call to the international community. Follow closely the statements made by the presidential candidates in the south. This will give you a clear understanding on the current and future leadership’s vision regarding the island of Cyprus, the future of the Cyprus Problem and our region,” he said.