Turkish claims on Turkish Cypriot’s rights protection are unfounded, Government says

The Cypriot government described Turkey’s claims over the protection of the Turkish Cypriot as unfounded, stating that the government has never sought to usurp the rights of the T/Cs.

In response to remarks by Turkish MFA spokesman over the joint statements made by the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Italy, Government Spokesman Kyriakos Kousios said in written statement, that the Turkish claims are unfounded and come in contrast with the International Law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

He also added that Turkey’s assertions contrast the convergences achieved during UN-led talks between Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat, which have been reaffirmed in talks between Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and T/c leader Mustafa Akinci with regard to the ownership, management and sharing of possible proceeds from utilisation of the Republic of Cyprus’ natural wealth, as well as the approval of the Cyprus National Investment Fund (sovereign wealth fund) to which future revenue from national wealth exploitation will be deposited.

Furthermore, Kousios recalled President Anastasiades’ written proposal to Akinci on August 9, 2019 over the creation of an escrow account to the benefit of the Turkish Cypriot community, under the precondition that Turkey will recognize the Republic of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), on the basis of UNCLOS.

The Cypriot government has never usurped, nor tried or intents to usurp the rights of the T/C’s in contrast to what Turkey is doing mainly against the Greek Cypriots but also the T/Cs, Kousios stressed.

Concluding, the Spokesman once more called on Turkey to engage to a creative dialogue and allow the resumption of the UN-led talks on the basis of the UN Secretary-General’s statement following the trilateral meeting in Berlin on November 25 2019, as well to enter a dialogue for the delimitation of EEZ’s with the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

Source: Cyprus News Agency