The Turkish Cypriot primary and secondary school teachers, KTOS and KTOEOS, have announced that, as of Monday 2 July, an office will be established at KTOS headquarters with the aim of offering help to people who were unable to obtain a Republic of Cyprus passport, because one of their parents comes from Turkey.
Representatives of the two unions speaking at a press conference, said that they have received 5,152 applications from people who face problems obtaining a Republic of Cyprus passport.
Sener Elcil, KTOS’ general secretary, stated that 70% of these people have not applied to the authorities in the south for a passport and added that some of the rest have applied and received a receipt for their application, while others have not been given a receipt. He said that to date, they have categorised the applications, separated the various cases into groups and created analyses and lists.
Elcil noted that they will discuss the issue with the Greek Cypriot Minister of Interior Constantinos Petrides at a meeting they will hold with him in July and added that the issue is to solve, through dialogue with the authorities, the problem of some victims, who fulfil the criteria required by the south. He also said that lawsuits will be filed for a number of other applicants, who do not fulfil the above-mentioned criteria and added that they held meetings with lawyers and made the necessary arrangements for this. He stated that after their meeting with the Minister of Interior, they will launch the procedure to file lawsuits.
According to Elcil, at the office to be established at KTOS’ headquarters, they will receive applications from people who until today have not applied for passport of the Republic of Cyprus. They will brief these persons on the documents which they have to complete. He said that after the completion of the process, a group application will be filed with with the aid of lawyers and observed by representatives of the Press.
Additionally, Elcil noted that they intend to discuss the issue with President Akinci and the TRNC authorities. He said that it is important to bring the issue to the table during the Cyprus negotiations. Elcil concluded by saying that they will hold contacts on the issue with representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission in Cyprus.