CTP Defends Freedom of Speech

North Cyprus News - President Mustafa AkinciPresident Mustafa Akinci’s remarks calling for peace and diplomacy in Syria continue to make waves.

Turkish Cypriot and Turkish politicians have called on him to resign as president. However, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) issued a written statement saying that Turkish Cypriots have been going through a sensitive period in recent days, that the Presidency in the TRNC fully reflects the will of the Turkish Cypriot people and that questioning the representation of the Presidency is extremely objectionable.

The statement made by the Republican Turkish Party is as follows;

As the Turkish Cypriot people, we are going through sensitive times. Our people depend on the motto of “peace at home and peace in the world…. It is our duty to act with the utmost responsibility and awareness and to keep the possibility of creating confrontation and separation as far away as possible, especially in sensitive periods.

The Turkish Cypriot people have absorbed the [concept of] freedom of expression and have a deep tolerance. We know that the only way to change the views we find wrong is to counter them with the views that we think are right. That is why we believe that we should not accuse, marginalise or exclude anyone for betrayal, no matter what opinion they express. This, of course, does not change the fact that each of us must pay utmost attention to the sensitivity of others while expressing our views, and this creates a greater responsibility for those who have undertaken public duties. But in the end, tolerance is essential and we maintain our loyalty to the principle of changing the views that we find wrong with those we find right“.

Meanwhile, President Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu said that the UBP’s declaration that the President did not represent the will of the people could be seen to be a black mark on democracy in the history of the TRNC.

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