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All TRNC citizens will become citizens of the new state: Eroğlu

15 July 2014

All TRNC citizens will become citizens of the new partnership state if a settlement can be reached said Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu. Eroğlu was speaking during a reception yesterday at the presidency where he received the Midyat Unity and Cooperation Association (MBYD), ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.

Speaking during the reception, the president of the MBYD Faysal Dagdelen said, “we are all in fear of being sent away from Cyprus where we have been living for the last 40 years. [The] Greek Cypriots don’t want us, they don’t want the army or guarantorship. So how there can be a solution?”

Responding to Faysal’s words who also asked if there was any work going on in order to solve the travel limitations of people from Turkey, Eroğlu said “We are working for an agreement where none of our citizens would suffer. A TRNC citizen is a TRNC citizen regardless of their origin. We cannot accept different opinions on TRNC citizens.”

Commenting on the guarantors issue Eroğlu said that if agreement can be reached on other topics there will be a meeting with the guarantors. “As far as we know Turkey is not planning to give up on its guarantorship status and we also have a congressional resolution for continuation of Turkey’s de facto guarantorship,” added Eroğlu.

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