The Turkish Armed Forces are the only safeguard of the Turkish Cypriot people, Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Zorlu Töre has said.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Töre said that the latest statement made by the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades following his meeting with the British Prime Minister Theresa May, revealed that the British premier did not understand the genocide the Turkish Cypriots had experienced. Mrs. May reiterated the British position that it would give up its role of guarantor (in the event of a settlement to the Cyprus problem).
Pointing out that Britain had taken sides during its colonial rule on the island and had failed to prevent Greek Cypriot aggression at any time, Töre said that the presence of British, French or US bases on the island could never be accepted.
“The Turkish Armed Forces is the only security guarantee of the Turkish Cypriot people who have been victims of attacks in Cyprus”, said Töre, adding that the issue of guarantees was not subject to debate for Turkey or the Turkish Cypriots.