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The struggle to defend and protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots will continue: President Akıncı

The struggle to defend and protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots will continue: President Akıncı

President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the struggle to defend and protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots will continue.

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President Mustafa Akıncı has said that the struggle to defend and protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots will continue.

Akıncı was speaking during visits to Mallıdağ, Çınarlı, Ardahan, Tuzluca and Kilitkaya on Sunday.

“It is important that we continue to pursue our rights on a realistic reasonable and correct basis. We shall persistently continue our struggle until we win the respectable status we deserve within international law, he said.

Recalling that the negotiations process had returned back on track as a result of the trilateral meeting in Berlin, Akıncı said that the outcome of the meeting had removed all ambiguity regarding the basis of the talks.

“Political equality has been clearly stressed. It has also been confirmed that any new process will be results-oriented, will not be open-ended and will be carried with the goal of achieving a strategic agreement,” he said.

Akıncı added that the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also expected to take on a more active role regarding the Cyprus talks.

Touching upon the issue of hydrocarbons, Akıncı said that the outright rejection of the Turkish Cypriot side’s July dated proposal by the Greek Cypriot side had unfortunately did nothing more than contribute to the rising of tensions.

“We are acting with the view that unilateral actions will only raise tensions whereas cooperation will contribute to peace and will be beneficial for everyone. We are working to open a window for cooperation before it is too late to acknowledge our just position on the issue of hydrocarbons,” he said.

Akıncı recalled that both the UN and EU had been informed of the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal.

He added that to this day, both sides had benefited from all steps taken in the name of cooperation and confidence-building.

Akıncı also highlighted the urgency of cooperating on the issue of hydrocarbons and of reaching a solution to the Cyprus Problem.

“It has become clear that as long as the Cyprus Problem remains unresolved, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean will become even more complicated. I am repeatedly highlighting the fact that a solution to the Cyprus Problem has become a necessity not just for the island but for the region as well,” he said.

source: BRTK


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