Akinci’s office deplores deportation of Serbian schoolchildren

The President’s office has reacted to the Greek Cypriot Administration which deported children who wanted to enter the island via Larnaca, South Cyprus to take part in the 23rd April International Children’s Day Festival in the TRNC.

Presidential Spokesman Barış Burcu, who issued a written statement yesterday, said that the stance of the Greek Cypriot side not to allow a group of students to cross into the TRNC for the International Children’s Festival was unacceptable.

He said that the Greek Cypriot side “is continuing with persistence in its efforts to isolate the Turkish Cypriot community, hiding behind the cloak of fear of recognition of the TRNC”.

Pointing out that a festival was held in the TRNC every year to mark the occasion of the 23rd April National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, Burcu said that it was everyone’s duty to raise new generations within a culture of peace and co-existence.

He said that the Greek Cypriot side had no reasonable excuse or explanation to send the children back to their country, Serbia.

Burcu added that at a time when efforts to solve the Cyprus problem are ongoing, the prevention of the participation of children to such an event takes “fanaticism one step further”.


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