TRNC-Turkey relations

21 09 2019 11:44

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar came together with the Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay at the Turkish Presidential Complex.

The Minister for Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, the Minister for Tourism and Environment Ünal Üstel and MP Oğuzhan Hasipoğlu were present during the meeting.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar made a statement after the meeting.

Speaking first Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that they had particularly taken up economic issues during the meeting.

He also announced that 653 million TL has been transferred to the TRNC as part of the economic protocol that was signed between the two countries and discussions regarding where the money was to be used had also been taken place.

“This is a new beginning. Just as Turkey has always supported the TRNC in every field we will continue our support with determination” said Oktay.

He said that under the leadership of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s policies on Cyprus and its stance had been very clear and drew attention to the fact that the international embargoes imposed against the Turkish Cypriot people are a violation of human rights.

He said that the embargoes not only affected the Turkish Cypriot people but the tourists that wanted to visit the country as well.

“This is a violation of law. This is a violation of human rights. Freedom to travel is one of the basic rights of humanity and this is being restricted. We need to inform the whole world of this violation and our president is voicing this violation at every platform. We will continue with full determination until this violation has been removed” said Oktay.

Touching upon the water project between the TRNC and Turkey Vice President Oktay said now that drinking water has reached the island they will speedily complete their works so that the water can be used in the agricultural sector as well.

Noting that they also wanted to meet the islands electricity needs he said that the ministers of both countries will carry out efforts towards this end.

On the issue of the use of hydrocarbon resources surrounding the island Turkey will never pay heed to the fait accompli trying to be enforced by the Greek Cypriot side or the international arena and everyone will see this clearly, Vice President Oktay said “just as Prime Minister Tatar has stated before no one will be able to entrap Turkey via Cyprus to the Anatolian”.

“Cyprus could be an island of peace. Both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots have equal rights on an equal political basis and a fair share of the resources can transform the wealth of the island into the wealth of the people. I hope this will be the outcome” said Oktay.

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar for his part firstly touched upon the TRNC’s economy by saying that economic developments will take place, certain commitments needed to be fulfilled and that once projects have been completed, tourism, higher education, reel sector and agriculture developments will take place.

“What is important is for this environment and for this security to continue. Everyone must look forward to the future with hope and protect the TRNC” said Tatar.

Noting that in order to move forward to a better position within the Eastern Mediterranean stability and consistence was needed Prime Minister Tatar said that where there is stability there is economic growth and added that steps to increase the prosperity of the country were being taken.

Pointing to the importance of the support given by Turkey in order to overcome the unjust embargoes and isolations imposed by the world, Tatar said that the clear message given regarding the determination for legal action to be taken on the efforts in the East. Med, the opening of the closed city of Maraş and direct flights to Ercan were also very significant.

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