The TRNC wants to support and protect Turkish Cypriots living abroad, said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay.
Ozersay, in an interview with Anadolu Agency in London, said that that the project to engage with Turkish Cypriot ex-pats had been launched by the TRNC Foreign Ministry under the slogan “Homeland is Calling You”.
“We are making this visit (to London) to share the message and the project with thousands of Cypriot Turks and TRNC nationals living here to strengthen their ties with TRNC and to make their trips to the TRNC more frequent, to make their ties closer in every sense and to facilitate the return of our citizens who want to return,” he said. This is the first time that a TRNC government had taken a serious interest in the issue of Turkish Cypriots abroad, by launching the project at ministerial level, Ozersay said. The project will help to gather accurate information about Turkish Cypriots living in the UK, Australia and Turkey such as the number of generations abroad, their professions, gender and presence in politics.
Referring to the Cyprus negotiations, Ozersay said both the Turkish and Greek side need to discuss new ideas as “talking about the same things again and again without getting any results is tiring.”
“Everyone is tired of this unfruitful debate and unfruitful process,” he said. “I think it is time to test the sincerity of the international community […],” he added.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by violence against the Turkish Cypriots on the island and Turkey’s military intervention as a guarantor power.
Negotiations in recent years, have been stop-start in nature, including the latest Conference on Cyprus in Switzerland under the auspices of guarantor countries Turkey, Greece and the UK which broke down in 2017.
Turkey blames Greek Cypriot intransigence for the collapse of the negotiations, also faulting the European Union for admitting Cyprus to its community when it was still a divided island.