Tatar says EU should honour its promises to Turkish Cypriots
Date Added: 11 May 2022

President Ersin Tatar on Tuesday called on the European Union (EU) to fulfil the promises it made to the Turkish Cypriot people during the Annan Plan period and to adopt an unbiased stance on the Cyprus Issue.

In a statement issued on the occasion of Europe Day, Tatar complained that the EU had moved away from its core principles and was acting in violation of the values on which it was based.

He said it was disappointing to see that the EU continued to adopt a biased stance when it came to the Cyprus Issue, ignoring the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people.

“This biased stance not only creates obstacles to efforts aimed at reaching a settlement in Cyprus but also serves to encourage the Greek Cypriots, who were unjustly made EU members, to use their membership to blackmail and issue threats against Turkish Cypriots,” the president noted.

Tatar added that the EU’s insistence on a federal settlement in Cyprus was also unacceptable, arguing that such a solution model would strip Turkish Cypriots of their statehood and sovereign rights.

He said that a federal settlement would also entail the end of Turkiye’s active and effective guarantees and the removal of Turkish troops from the island.

“The conflict in Ukraine has shown us how important our sovereign rights, Turkiye’s guarantees and the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus are. It is not possible to give up any one of these,” Tatar said.

President Tatar pointed out that a just and lasting solution in Cyprus could only be possible through a two-state solution first officially tabled by the Turkish Cypriot side during the informal summit held in Geneva.

“Our expectation from the EU, in line with its principles on respecting the sovereign rights of peoples, is to acknowledge the sovereign rights of the Turkish Cypriot people which are a separate people in Cyprus and to act accordingly. Our other expectation from the bloc is for it to honour the promises it made to the Turkish Cypriot people during the process leading to the referendum on the Annan Plan held on April 24, 2004. While none of these promises has been honoured, Turkish Cypriots continue to be forced to become a minority and subjected to inhumane embargoes,” he said.