The Turkish Cypriots will never be a minority, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Serdar Denktaş has stated, adding that the world is gradually beginning to acknowledge and accept this reality.
In his statement on social media, Denktaş criticised a form that had been distributed at schools in South Cyprus which categorizes Turkish Cypriots as an ethnic minority. Denktaş reminded Turkish Cypriots of their right to self-determination and self-government on the island.
“There has been one word which I have emphasised from the beginning and that is sovereignty. Our people’s sovereign rights on this island,” he said.
Denktaş pointed out that by placing Turkish Cypriots in a minority category, the Greek Cypriot government have given clear evidence of their true perception of Turkish Cypriots.
“Recently, there have been two important news items,” he continued. “The first was a statement made by Mr. Anastasiades who has stated that a minority cannot rule over a majority. The second was an article published by the former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in the Independent, a UK newspaper. Straw argues that the only solution to the Cyprus Problem is partitioning the island and giving international recognition to Turkish Cypriots. I feel a deep pride when I look at these stories because they show that we have not bowed down to those who view us as a minority. We have defended our right to exist and our sovereignty,” he added.
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