Over the past five months, 5,233 applications for Republic of Cyprus passports have been made by children of mixed marriages between Turkish Cypriot and Turks.
The Turkish Cypriot Primary and Secondary Teachers’ unions (KTOS and KTOEOS) opened up an office dedicated to taking the applications made, since they launched a campaign of support for passport applicants who have faced problems when applying for RoC passports.
General Secretary of KTOS said that they will continue receiving passport applications and will meet with the Greek Cypriot Minister of the Interior Constantinos Petrides regarding this issue on 3 August.
Referring to the legal procedure which they will follow in court, Elcil said that this will last for between one to two years and added that if the result is negative, they will have the opportunity to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). He added that the procedure in the ECHR lasts for 2-3 years and explained that filing a lawsuit will be the last thing which they will do, because first they will complete the application process.