Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay also responded to the statements delivered by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his visit in South Cyprus.
Özersay said the Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ call for the end of the so called Turkish invasion in Cyprus which was the biggest foreign policy target of Greece was outdated and archaic.
Reminding that the existence of the Turkish army in Cyprus was a result of a coup organized by Greece on the island, he said it shouldn’t be forgotten that the Turkish army came to the island to end an occupation resulted from the violation of constitution and agreement.
Noting that the existence of the Turkish army in Cyprus was aimed at ending Greece’s occupation, Özersay said “if Mitsotakis is looking for an invasion then he should look at the invasion of the Cyprus Republic by the Greek Cypriots.”
“I advise him to look at the invasion of the Cyprus Republic which two thirds of its constitution was suspended and although it does not represent the Turkish Cypriots at all it pretends that it does and which has been usurping the rights of Turkish Cypriots” Özersay said.
The TRNC Foreign Minister also responded to the preconditions put forward by Mitsotakis for the restart of negotiations which asked Turkey to end its ongoing activities in the maritime zone in the Eastern Mediterranean and back off from the steps it considers taking on the closed city of Maraş.
“If the Greek Prime Minister is looking for an illegal activity in the Eastern Mediterranean then he should first of all look at the unilateral activities of the Greek Cypriots which usurp the rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Then they will see what an illegal activity is” he added.
Stating that if Greece had evaluated the opportunities brought forward as part of a comprehensive solution and made the necessary suggestions to the Greek Cypriot side then there would be no Maraş issue today, Özersay said “if they could show the necessary flexibility on Maraş as part of the confidence building measures then we won’t have an issue of the closed city of Maraş today. We might face with a positive and beautiful example regarding the future of Cyprus. I think they do not have the right to say anything on the closed city of Maraş as they did none of this. Of course, the former Greek Cypriots residents are partners in Maraş. However, under these conditions and at this conjuncture neither the Greek Cypriot leadership nor Greece is partners and in this regard they are not our collocutors.”