Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay attended the 23rd Council of Ministers meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation held in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe.
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’s status as an observer at the organisation under the title “Turkish Cypriot State” was renewed for another three years at the meeting.
Addressing the council, Foreign Minister Özersay said that the TRNC’s observer status at ECO since 2012 was a concrete step towards removing the unjust isolations imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people.
He underlined the importance of the continuation of the organisation’s support in this direction.
Özersay pointed out that Turkish Cypriots experienced numerous constraints ranging from travel restrictions with TRNC passports, to representation in international organisations as well as commercial, educational and sports activities.
The TRNC Foreign Minister added that this only served to further encourage the Greek Cypriot side’s intransigence regarding efforts to reach a solution to the Cyprus Problem.
“Every single day the isolation continues, the Greek Cypriots grow further and further away from the idea of sharing power and wealth with Turkish Cypriots”, he said.
Özersay also said that the TRNC was ready to work together with the ECO and its members on drawing up a road map to help remove or end the restrictions which prevent Turkish Cypriots from becoming a part of the international community.
Calling on the ECO for solidarity with the Turkish Cypriot cause, Özersay underlined the importance of the four different ECO meetings which will be held in the TRNC.
On the sidelines of the Council of Ministers meeting, Özersay met with heads of the participating delegations and held a face to face meeting with the Economic Cooperation Organisation’s General Secretary.