The Deputy Prime Ministry and Foreign Ministry has expressed anger over the Greek Cypriot Administration’s decision to prevent foreign nationals [from third countries] planning to holiday in the TRNC from entering through Larnaca airport in South Cyprus.
The TRNC Foreign Minister’s statement came after a group of 30 Israeli tourists intending to make their way into the TRNC were held at Larnaca International Airport on the Greek Cyprus side, questioned and subsequently deported.
Lefkoşa expressed its “sadness” over the move, which it said was “arbitrary” and “illegal.”
“The behaviour shown [by the Greek Cypriot Administration] is unacceptable and it is the product of a mindset attempting to prevent our interaction with the world […],” the ministry said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement pointed out that the Greek Cypriot Administration’s actions were in direct contradiction with European principles and values which it so strongly claimed to defend at every opportunity.
It said that the Greek Cypriot Administration continued to resort such actions which only served to deepen mistrust between the two sides.
The statement added that the Greek Cypriot administration had carried out similar actions in the past preventing a Russian tourist who wanted to holiday in the North, a professor from the University of Cairo who came to deliver a lecture at a TRNC university and a group of Serbian children who were to attend the 23rd of April Children’s Day celebrations in the TRNC.
“It seems that the unfortunate incident experienced by the Israeli tourists was not an isolated incident but the continuation of a policy. We would like to take this opportunity to warn the Greek Cypriot administration that we shall take necessary measures in response should it continue such practices”, the statement read.