Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar, has said that he had warned President MustafaAkinci not to give concessions on issues of vital importance for the Turkish Cypriots and mainly Turkey’s active and effective guarantees and political equality. Speaking yesterday about President Mustafa Akinci’s meeting with Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, Tatar argued that Akinci would meet Anastasiades as if “the stance of the Greek Cypriot leader and what he says was not clear”.
Tatar said that President Anastasiades and his close colleagues had clearly stated that the Turkish Cypriots would not be granted the right of effective participation in decision making in the administration and that they could agree to a system in which only the Greek Cypriots would have a say in the central government and the Turkish Cypriots would be given some autonomy.
Tatar also added: “The Greek Cypriot leadership clearly stresses that it would not accept an agreement which includes Turkey’s active and effective guarantees. They allege that a second form of the Guterres document exists dated 4 July and they embrace it because it lifts Turkey’s unilateral rights to intervention. In this situation, to protect the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people, the wishes of the Greek Cypriot leadership can definitely not be accepted and no reference could be made to a negotiating process. It is out of the question for us to accept concessions to the Greek Cypriots on territory, property and the guarantees in return for their acceptance of our political equality”.
Tatar referred also to a visit paid recently to Famagusta by Professor Niyazi Kizilyurek, a Turkish Cypriot academic residing in South Cyprus and candidate with left-wing AKEL party in the forthcoming European Parliament elections. Kizilyurek was accompanied by deputies of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) during this visit. Tatar criticised the CTP’s chairman Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman for remaining silent about this fact and called Kizilyurek “a candidate who became the organ of those usurping the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people. You harm the TRNC and the people”, he accused CTP.