TRNC President Tatar: We will not approach a solution with imposition


President of the TRNC Ersin Tatar stated that they will not approach a solution by imposition in Cyprus and said, “No one should expect us to give up our state, sacrifice the TRNC, and nobody should try to patch us into the Greek Cypriot republic with a constitutional amendment.” said.

President Tatar thanked everyone who supported the Cyprus cause in the speech he delivered at the “Memorial of Bloody Christmas on the 58th Anniversary” event organized by the Association of Retired Officers (TESUD) at Kozyatağı Cultural Center.

Explaining that the Cyprus case has been going on since 1571, Tatar said that throughout history, insidious plans against Cyprus were eliminated with the support of Turkey and the resistance of the Turkish Cypriot people.

Stating that he tries to explain the Turkish Cypriot cause to young people in Turkey and all over the world whenever he has the opportunity, Tatar shared historical information about the occupation and immigration policies towards the Island of Cyprus.

Stating that they are still sabotaged by some groups despite their efforts to maintain their existence as a ties and sovereign state, Tatar said, “We would like to express that we will never give up on the guarantor of Turkey and the presence of Turkish soldiers in Cyprus, no matter what stage it is. We will continue to express it. We want to announce this to the whole world from here.” he said.

Tatar said that the sections or countries that want to get involved in the Cyprus problem with the discourse of freedom, equality, civilization or the European Union (EU) do not act honestly, and that their only concern is to try to connect the TRNC to the Greek part.

“We have to stand up to the end”

Stressing that as an extension of the great Turkish nation, they have prepared an honorable environment for future generations in this geography, Tatar continued as follows:

“This is why we have to stand up to the end. Unfortunately, injustices against us in the world still continue. We continue to stand against these injustices with the strong support of Turkey. We have declared that we will not discuss the federation alternative and we will continue to maintain our policy on this issue. We can very well understand the fact that the so-called federation will, in a way, lead the Turkish Cypriot people to extinction. Since Turkey is not in the EU, Turkey will have to withdraw from Cyprus with its troops the day after a signature on the federation. Also, this fact should not be forgotten. There is no life for Turks in a unitary structure. What we are insisting on now is the acceptance of our existing sovereignty.”

Stating that it is perfectly natural for Cyprus, which has the right to independence, freedom and self-determination, to act with Turkey, Tatar said that the Cyprus struggle was achieved with the support of Turkey.

Tatar pointed out that Cyprus has an important place in the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, as it has in the historical process.

Tatar stated that the political environment should be formed as soon as possible so that a partnership with the Greeks is no longer discussed in Cyprus, and he used the following expressions:

“There is no benefit in establishing a partnership with the Greek Cypriot side. Such a partnership results in a clash of civilizations in Cyprus. All their aim is to get Turkey out of Cyprus. In other words, they want to get the Turkish Cypriots away from Turkey, which protects us by tolerating certain equality-based rights and opportunities within the European Union, sending its children there to be martyrs, and giving all kinds of support to our cause. These are just traps. We are not so disloyal, we are one and together.”

“Cyprus is important for Turkey’s security in the region”

Stressing that Cyprus is extremely important for Turkey in the geostrategic and geopolitical context, Tatar made the following assessments:

“Cyprus is an important region for Turkey’s security in the region. Cyprus is extremely important for Turkey with its maritime jurisdiction areas in the Blue Vatan, economic exclusive regional issues, and ensuring airspace dominance. Of course, the presence of the TRNC with our UAVs and SİHAs is extremely important for Turkey’s security. In the exploration of hydrocarbons and other riches around Cyprus, they will do research as they wish, sign agreements as they wish and share those riches as they wish, excluding us from this. Such a thing cannot happen, to whom do they give their rights?”

Noting that Turkey and the TRNC have historical rights in the region where they are located, Tatar stated that the Greek and Greek duo designed imaginary maps in the Eastern Mediterranean.


Pointing out that they will not give up their political status even though their policy regarding Cyprus is not accepted by the other side, Tatar said, “The Cyprus case has entered a process where no mistakes are made.” said.

Tatar stated that a possible agreement in Cyprus should be based on the existence of two separate sovereign equal states and Turkey should be a part of the agreement.

Stating that Turkey’s support for the status of two separate sovereign equal states strengthened its hands in the international public opinion, Tatar said, “We consider presenting the 6-item proposal on the status of Cyprus in Geneva as a new turning point and a new beginning in Cyprus. We have never compromised on our red line and we never will. We have to protect our sovereignty and our state.” he said.

Pointing out that they should know the value of being a sovereign state, Tatar said:

“We will not approach a solution by imposition and imposition. Nobody should expect us to give up our state, sacrifice the TRNC, and nobody should try to patch us into the Greek Cypriot republic with a constitutional amendment. We will not accept such a thing. If they do not accept our sovereignty and independence, we will not have our signature under such an agreement. Because it would just be an adventure. We are not against the deal. If there is an agreement based on sovereignty, equality and independence, while at the same time protecting Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, it will only be discussed, otherwise we will not sign any agreement.”

“The bombardment of Erenköy marked the beginning of victory”

President of TESUD, retired Lieutenant General Erdoğan Karakuş, shared information about the Bloody Christmas.

Stating that the water going from Anamur to the TRNC is not enough, Karakuş stated that with the arrival of the Ceyhan water, Cyprus will become the number one country in the world and complete its independence.

Retired Major General Cumhur Pet told that Turkey is fighting hard to save Cyprus from Bloody Christmas.

Stating that the first armed struggle started in Erenköy was an important turning point in the Cyprus victory,pet said, “The Greeks tried hard to prevent the struggle started in Erenköy, but they could not succeed. The Erenköy bombardment can be considered the beginning of victory.” said.

Reminding that the peace talks between Turkey and Greece for years did not result in a positive outcome,pet said that in 1974, Turkey got stronger, was ready to intervene in Cyprus and achieved victory.

Artist Yasemin Kumral, one of the iconic names of the Cyprus Peace Operation, told the story of the composition of the song “From Kyrenia to Anadolu’ya” and her experiences. Kumral sang the song afterwards.

Retired Lieutenant General Hasan Kundakçı, retired Gendarmerie Brigadier General Umit Yılmaz, Işılay Arkan from the Turkish Resistance Organization, many officers and commanders who took part in the Cyprus Peace Operation attended the event.


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