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South invites Turkish Cypriots to vote in EU Parliamentary elections

22 December 2013

South Cyprus has invited Turkish Cypriots to participate in the European Parliamentary elections.

The South Cyprus government and Parliament is taking steps to assist Turkish Cypriots to take part in the elections in May and possibly even run for a seat in the European Parliament via a single electoral list, Foreign Affairs Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides said.

“They have this opportunity and the Cypriot government will take all necessary measures and will request the Parliament to approve legislative measures that would facilitate and render their participation as accessible as possible,” the Minister said.

He emphasised however, that the Turkish Cypriots could not be granted observer status. Kasoulides was speaking at an event hosted by the Cyprus European Parliament office ahead of the elections.

“Who would elect the observers, who would organize their elections, or represent an illegal parliament not recognized by the European Union, as is the case of the breakaway entity, the state they claim to have which is completely illegal according the EU institutions?”  he asked.

Kasoulides went on to say that there were sufficient numbers of Turkish Cypriots with a Republic of Cyprus identity so that: “they could elect up to two Turkish Cypriot MEPs through a single electoral list, pursuant to the EU acquis which does not discriminate for the EP elections.”

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