Leader of the Democrat Party (DP) Serdar Denktaş has called the government’s decision regarding the fenced-off town of Maraş/Varosha as ‘incompetent’.
In a written statement, Denktaş warned that the government’s lack of expertise and the conflicting statements issued by the coalition partners could create irreversible problems for the Turkish Cypriot people.
Referring to the UN Security Council resolution on Maraş, Denktaş said that the initiative to reopen the fenced-off town could see cautious support from international actors.
“The important thing is that we explain properly why we are making the moves we are making. We need to show the international community that this is a step taken in order to achieve a settlement in Cyprus”, he said.
Denktaş said that the decision on Maraş had been taken hastily and that opposition raised by the South could work against the interests of the Turkish Cypriots.
“It’s evident that none of the international actors were consulted. The government acted hastily and ineptly. No one has the right to force the Turkish Cypriot people to pay the price for such uncalculated moves”, the DP leader said.