Under the title “Two messages one opinion; enough is enough”, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Star newspaper (21.07.17) on its front page, reports that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have exchanged messages on the anniversary of the Turkish invasion to Cyprus. They declared to the “south Cyprus” and to the world that the cup has long overflowed in Cyprus.
The paper reports that Erdogan sent a message yesterday to Akinci regarding the anniversary of the July 20 Turkish invasion to Cyprus and stressed that Turkey will continue to be on the side of the Turkish Cypriots.
Erdogan, in the message, claimed: “Now no one should expect Turkey to remain a spectator as the Turkish Cypriot people are suffering because of the perpetuation of the impasse and facing restrictions that have no legal basis”.
“As in the past, Turkey will continue to be on the side of the Turkish Cypriots in the future. Turkey will be the guarantor of peace, freedom and stability on the island of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean”, he alleged.
Erdogan further claimed that despite their constructive attitude and their efforts for a new partnership based on the political equality of the two sides in the island, the desired outcome couldn’t be reached in the Conference on Cyprus at Crans Montana, because of the Greek side’s intransigence stance.
On the same issue, Akinci, replying to Erdogan’s message, as follows: “In such day, while we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the 20th of July peace operation (Turkish invasion to Cyprus) which was a historical turning point in the Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for freedom, I, on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people, want to thank the ongoing and increasing support of the Republic of Turkey”.
Recalling that in his last year’s message he had expressed the hope that the efforts put forward with Turkey for reaching a solution on the gangrened Cyprus issue would be succeeded and that he expressed the need for the Greek Cypriot side to be reasonable and realistic to achieve this, Akinci claimed: “Unfortunately, the good will and solution oriented efforts put forward by the TRNC and Turkey in Crans-Montana were rejected and the conference ended with failure. This occurred in an atmosphere where the United Nations and other participants were also present. There everyone saw clearly which side showed efforts for a solution and which side continued its firm position”.
Arguing that the Turkish Cypriot “people” and the “TRNC” could not be condemned to live under embargoes any more during a time when they receive Turkey’s close interest and support, Akinci said: “In the coming days we need to make calm evaluations and work in coordination in order to get rid of the injustices done on the Turkish Cypriots for many years”.
In his message, Akinci also conveyed his greetings to Erdogan and the Turkish nation and “commemorated the martyrs and veterans who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the Turkish Cypriot people”.