Turkish Cypriots also have a say on status of British Bases: Akinci

President Mustafa Akıncı received the British High Commissioner in Cyprus Matthew Kidd yesterday.

During the meeting which was held upon an invitation by President Akıncı, the commencement of talks on the status of the British bases in Cyprus after Brexit was taken up.

The British High Commissioner was reminded that the Turkish Cypriots also have a say on the 1960 agreements which determines the status of the British bases.

It was stated during the meeting that the Turkish Cypriot side’s views should be taken into consideration in any changes to be made regarding the status of the bases.

Akıncı and Kidd also agreed to continue dialogue during the Brexit negotiations.

Akıncı also brought to the agenda the criticisms put forward by the official union of the Turkish Cypriot workers at the bases regarding discriminatory practices Turkish Cypriot workers were subjected to by the Greek Cypriot authorities.

Conveying the criticisms of the union to the British High Commissioner Kidd, Akıncı reminded that the Turkish Cypriots residing or working in the British bases areas should not be subjected to any discrimination and should be treated equally.

It’s been stated that the two sides also agreed on the fact that the rights of the Turkish Cypriots residing or living in the bases areas will not be affected after Brexit.


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