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CTP deputy heads delegation at PACE meeting in Paris

14 March 2014

Deputy of the Republican Turkish Party United Forces (CTP-BG) Mehmet Caglar, who is heading the delegation at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) meeting in Paris, attended the meeting of the Culture, Science, Education and Media Committee of PACE.

According to Bayrak television, during the meeting, Caglar touched upon the Cyprus negotiations by saying that a positive atmosphere had been created when the two Cypriot Presidents signed the joint agreement.

Pointing to the importance of finding a bi-communal, bi-zonal solution with “two founding states” in Cyprus, Caglar said: “Alongside the two communities on the island, a joint statement that was supported by the guarantor countries and the UN is an important step towards progressing a federal solution on the island.”

Emphasising the importance of the positive atmosphere and opportunity that has arisen by the joint statement, Caglar called on PACE to provide support for Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots to create a United Federal Cyprus.

Stating that the Turkish Cypriots have for nearly 50 years have had no place on the international platform, the CTP-UB deputy expressed the belief that if a solution is found to the Cyprus problem, the Turkish Cypriots will gain their rightful place in the international arena.

Meanwhile on the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’ reports that Caglar, during the meeting, made a complaint to PACE that the South Cyprus passed a law, which says only Greek place names should be used in North Cyprus. He also said that the Turkish language is still not an official language in the EU. He added, however, that he will not touch other problems in order not to spoil the positive atmosphere that exists in the Cyprus talks.

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