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Coalition condemns move to end guarantees treaty

17 October 2017

The Greek Cypriot House of Representatives passed a resolution on Friday demanding “the cancellation of the Treaties of Guarantee and the complete withdrawal of Turkish troops from the island”.

By way of a response the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party (DP) parliamentary groups and four independent members of parliament proposed the formal condemnation by the TRNC Assembly of the south’s parliamentary resolution.

The reasons they gave were as follows:

The Greek Cypriot Assembly, at its session on October 13, 2017, sparked a major reaction in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the end of the guarantees and the removal of the Turkish military from the island.

This resolution calls for the Greek Cypriot leader to demand a solution [to the Cyprus problem] that does not allow for the continuation of the guarantees and ends the existence of foreign armies.

Despite the well-intentioned approach of the Turkish Cypriot side, the Greek Cypriot Administration of South Cyprus is demonstrating its real intention by producing such and such decisions regarding “Security and Guarantees”, which is an important chapter for the Turkish Cypriot people in terms of life and property security and which is not included in the chapter on security and guarantees. The Cyprus problem is becoming more insoluble with this step taken by the Greek Cypriot administration.

With the July 15, 1974 military, the Greek Cypriot administration, which wanted to link Cyprus to Greece, was prevented by the Guarantee and Alliance Agreement and the lives and property security of the Turkish Cypriot people were protected.

In this context, explanations regarding such resolutions taken by the Greek Cypriot representative are an obstacle to the negotiations, but also the belief in peace.

Our proposal has been prepared in light of the fact that we protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriots who want to contribute to the settlement and create a just solution, and it is aimed, once again, to underline that the rights of the Turkish Cypriots will be guaranteed in every circumstance.

The Greek Cypriot Assembly has issued a demand for a solution “without guarantees and foreign troops” with its decision of 13 October 2017. In this decision, it was also invited to “respect the independence and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus”.

The verdict of the Greek Cypriot parliament is contrary to the historical process leading to the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960, international agreements and realities. The real reason for the Cyprus issue is the imagination of the Greek Cypriot-Greek duality tied to the island of Greece and the advantages it has given them, including unfair recognition.

The proposal goes on to say that despite the constructive attitude of the Turkish Cypriot side, a solution is not possible, not only because of the demands made regarding Security and Guarantees on the part of the Greek Cypriots but the insistence of the use of the title the Republic of Cyprus.

By the request of the Turkish Cypriot people, Turkey came to Cyprus by using the right of international agreements to protect our life and property safety and prevented the island of Cyprus from being tied to Greece, through the July 15, 1974 military intervention.

This last decision of the Greek Cypriot Chamber of Deputies does not contribute to an agreement between the two peoples of Cyprus as it has been before. On the contrary, this attack on the indispensable elements for the Turkish Cypriot people is a serious blow to the possibilities of a solution and once again reveals that the Greeks do not want a deal.

The Assembly of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus condemns this step that the Greek Cypriot Assembly has carried out in an unfair and bad manner.

Kibris Postasi

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