The TRNC is equal partner on this island: Ozgurgun

Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Kibris’ reported yesterday that Huseyin Ozgurgun, chairman of the main opposition National Unity Party (UBP) (pictured above) has said that the views of his party on the Cyprus problem are clear and added that it accepts nothing less than “the reality that the Turkish Cypriot people is an equal partner on this island and that motherland Turkey is a guarantor and has rights on the island”.

In statements during a meeting with the chairman of the National Council, Vedat Celik, Ozgurgun noted that the Cyprus problem is the only issue that could cause a change in what he described as “positive opposition line” which the UBP is following. He went on and said that the starting point was that the TRNC, is an equal founding partner (of Cyprus), that the two founding states have equal status and that this is a UN parameter, the UBP accepts no solution outside “an equal partnership solution” in which the TRNC will exist as as a founding state of the new partnership which will be established. Ozgurgun noted that these are their red lines and could never give any concession on this.

Meanwhile, in his statement, Celik said that his Council includes 30 organisations and institutions, which are in agreement. He expressed his concern over some worrying developments. Stating that the demands of the Greek Cypriot side increase every day and that the Greek Cypriots are playing for time by submitting new preconditions, Celik argued that the conditions are becoming more difficult every day and that the Turkish Cypriot government remains silent on this.

Celik said that the Council has launched a legal examination on the issue of the fenced off Famagusta suburb, Varosha and said that “Varosha is not as Greek as is assumed”. He reiterated the argument that Varosha is the Evkaf religious foundation’s property and argued that the ownership of Varosha should be determined before the resumption of the Cyprus peace talks.

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