Turkey’s citizenship demands will undermine the negotiations

Leader of the United Cyprus Party (BKP) Izzet Izcan has argued that Turkey’s demand to grant 26,000 new citizenships as a precondition to signing the economic protocol for 2016-2018, will wreck the Cyprus negotiations.

“Significant progress was achieved at the negotiating table and the population issue and also some other chapters were closed. The negotiation table is not a blackboard. This demand will lead the negotiation process into deadlock”, Izcan stated, adding also, that the demand by Turkey to new citizenships will dynamite a chapter for which an agreement was reached.

“The correct stance would be to oppose this and struggle against this. Granting new citizenships will blow up not only the Cyprus negotiation process but also the Turkish Cypriots’ political will”, he added.

He also stressed that that if the newly established government gives in to Turkey’s impositions and if it betrays again its own people, then they, as well as their children should have to pay a high price for this. “This is a project for the destruction of the community”, Izcan said.

Kibris Gazetesi

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