The Turkish Cypriot side should have a say in negotiations with the British government on the status of the military bases post Brexit, President Mustafa Akinci’s Spokesman Baris Burcu has said.
Burcu argued that international law dictated that discussions of the status of the Turkish Cypriots living and working in the bases must also take place with them.
In a statement, Burcu said that Akinci had met with representatives of the Turkish Cypriots working in the sovereign base areas on 11 September and was informed about their problems, views, and expectations with regard to the change of status. “The Turkish Cypriot side is ready to engage in the necessary consultations on the matter with UK officials, who are expected to take into consideration the balance between the two sides on the island”, Burcu argued.
Earlier this month, South Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides had announced that the [South] Cyprus government would start negotiations with the British government on the rights and status of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots working on the British sovereign bases.
Burcu reminded that there were certain provisions in the additional 3rd protocol of the EU Accession Agreement regarding persons residing or working in the British Bases area. The same protocol, he added, does not impact on the 1960 Treaty of Establishment which safeguards the rights of the Turkish Cypriots.