There were tensions in the TRNC assembly after deputy speaker Zorlu Tore read out a statement, signed by the UBP, the DP and the Revival Party (YDP) regarding the ‘Peace Spring Operation by Turkey in Syria.
When Tore began reading the declaration, the deputies for the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and Social Democracy Party (TDP), which had not signed the declaration, as well as the representatives of the DP protested, arguing that the deputy speaker had violated the rules of parliament.
Tore, who ignored the protests, continued reading the text of the statement. As a result of this, the deputies for the CTP, TDP and DP stormed out of the assembly in protest.
Serdar Denktash, deputy for the DP, said that a grave mistake had been committed by trying to read the statement as if it was a common declaration by the assembly and added that it was not right to “throw a ticking time bomb and cause tumult on such a sensitive issue”.
Erhan Arikli, YDP’s chairman, said that the CTP and the TDP had signed the declaration but then withdrew their signature after the statement made the day before yesterday by the UBP [by which it was alleged that Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci did not represent the Turkish Cypriot community and therefore he should be removed from the post of the negotiator in the Cyprus talks]. “The assembly has no objection to Turkey’s just cause and the Peace Spring Operation, it fully supports it”, he said.
Zeki Celer, the TDP’s deputy, said that they had withdrawn their support after the UBP’s criticism of Akinci and the statement that he did not represent the Turkish Cypriot community. “The TDP will not play this game, you are the ones that spoiled it”, he added referring to the UBP-HP coaltion government.
Tufan Erhurman, CTP’s chairman and former prime minister, said that yesterday they had been at the assembly since 9am. and that they had not been briefed that the declaration would be read out aloud. He added: “It is not right to read a declaration of four parties in the assembly. I call everyone to reason. It is hard to explain why it was not possible to issue a joint statement, while consensus existed”.
Kudret Ozersay, HP’s chairman, said that it was “not right” that Tore continued reading the declaration even though Denktash, who had signed it, warned him that this was contrary to “the internal regulations of the assembly” and abandoned the meeting. “We must act with consensus”, he added.
Prime Minister and leader of the UBP Ersin Tatar, said that Akinci should think twice before making statements. “We could not stand by without reacting to the statements”, he argued claiming that Akinci had caused polarisation because of the forthcoming presidential elections.