Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber who is attending meetings at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg, said it was not possible to explain the logic of not accepting the Turkish Cypriots at the IPU meetings under observer status.
Delivering an opening speech at the event, Russian President Vladimir Putin said they will not accept sanctions being imposed on any parliament whatever the reason was.
Referring to the speech delivered by Putin, Siber recalled her earlier statement that “parliamentarians who are elected by the people through a democratic election should not be subject to international restrictions.”
Pointing out that the Turkish Cypriot people has its own parliament and that this was constituted by a democratic election, she said being unrecognised did not mean that the people should be disbarred from representation in the international arena.
She said while stressing the importance of dialogue in the solution of conflicts in the world today, it was a paradox to isolate those who are elected by the Turkish Cypriot people.
Siber also added that the Inter-Parliamentary Union, by only listening to one side on the Cyprus issue, which is one of the oldest disputes of the world, acted against the dialogue and communication they espoused.
Expressing the hope that positive steps will be taken on this issue and all restrictions will be lifted on the representatives of the Turkish Cypriots in the future, she said they will continue, with persistence, their initiatives and efforts on this issue in every platform.
Noting that there were many inter-parliamentary groups in the world, Siber said while the Turkish Cypriots were accepted at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member States under observer status, it was not possible to explain the logic of not accepting them under observer status at meetings of the Inter-Parliamentary Union which is the biggest and oldest inter-parliamentary union in the world.