Majority of North Cyprus MPs not in favour of EP elections

The TRNC assembly which met to evaluate the European Parliamentary elections to be held on 25th May concluded that Turkish Cypriots would derive no benefit by participating in them, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ reported yesterday.

The four parties, who share the same opinion on the issue, stated that the two of the six EP seats of the Republic of Cyprus belong to the Turkish Cypriots, therefore separate elections must be conducted for them.

Commenting on the issue, the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) Ozkan Yorgancioglu stated that despite the party’s view on the issue, they do not condemn their friends who are candidates in the elections.

The chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun stated that the road to the solution lies at the negotiation table and added that the Turkish and the Greek Cypriots can participate in the EP elections within a state structure in which they will be represented equally.

Serdar Denktas the leader of the Democratic Party (DP) said that if they could select their own representatives in the EP, they should select them inside their own separate state.

Finally, Cemal Ozyigit, the chairman of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) stated that they want to send to the EP two Turkish Cypriots selected by the Turkish Cypriot side.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris Postasi’ reported on 14th May that the Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) issued a statement urging all Turkish Cypriots to vote for the EP elections which takes place on 25th May.

In the statement signed by the General Secretary of KTOS Sener Elcil it is stated that “the discussions around the EP elections was the representation of a situation created together by the chauvinistic policies of Greek Cypriot politicians who don’t want to share the Republic of Cyprus and the separatist Turkish Cypriots supported by Turkey”.

“The Turkish Cypriots became the minority in their own country as a result of imposed immigration policies. The international law is still being violated by the regime which was established here,” the statement says.

“Even though Cyprus was accepted into the EU as a whole, the EU acquis is suspended in the northern part of the Island due to violation of the international law by Turkey. The Turkish Cypriots are trapped between the Greek Cypriot leadership who invaded the Republic of Cyprus unilaterally and Turkey’s expansionist policies. Therefore they cannot use their communal rights even though individually they are EU citizens”.

The statement concludes that holding separate EP elections for the Turkish Cypriots in the current situation where “the majority of the population are not EU citizens” would not be viable.

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