Representatives of three non-government organisations in the TRNC have visited the European Commission Representation Offices in South Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Union (KTOS), The Press Workers’ Union (Basin-Sen) and the Arif Hasan Tahsin Tarih Cultural Association, presented a letter addressed to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the European Parliament (EP) Antonio Tajani.
In the letter, the NGO’s demanded that the EU and its organs implement the EU acquis in the northern part of the island and also to undertake a more active role towards the efforts for reaching to a solution on the Cyprus problem.
In a written statement, the NGO’s said that in the letter to the EU, they underlined the fact that even though Cyprus as a whole became a full member of the EU, the EU acquis communautaire has not been implemented in the north of the island and the Turkish Cypriots, even though they became EU citizens, cannot benefit from the rights provided by the EU. In the letter it is emphasised further that Turkey, with its intervention in Cyprus in 1974 exerts full dominance in the north.
The letters also underlines the fact that the Turkish Cypriot community is under a systematic attack by Turkey which has altered the demographic and population structure of the island, usurped the political will of the Turkish Cypriots and has intervened in all organisations and institutions in the TRNC, turning the Turkish Cypriots living on the island into a minority.
Pointing to the negative effects of the non-solution of the Cyprus problem, the three NGO’s called on the EU to undertake concrete steps towards the solution of the Cyprus problem and also to implement the acquis in the north of the island. “We will not allow ourselves to be hostages in the Turkish-EU negotiations and to be moved away from the EU”, said the letter.