Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has claimed that the issue regarding the supplies delivered to Greek Cypriots and Maronite living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has been going on for years.
The TRNC Foreign Minister was speaking at a press conference he held at the ministry this morning, in response to the latest criticisms made against him regarding the government decision to impose taxes on food and other supplies sent by the Greek Cypriot Administration to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the TRNC.
He said that past administrations had turned a blind eye to this issue during the ongoing negotiations process in an attempt not to be blamed.
“However following the collapse of the talks in Crans-Montana, it was not possible to allow the Greek Cypriot Administration to politically exploit this issue, claiming that it was sending ‘humanitarian’ supplies to its ‘enclaved’ citizens in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”.
Ertuğruoğlu also said that the issue had been conveyed to UN officials and discussed within the cabinet before the decision was taken.
The TRNC Foreign Minister also claimed that the President’s office had knowledge on the issue in advance before the decision had been taken.