Former Turkish Cypriot negotiators Ergun Olgun and Osman Ertug have criticized the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide for the statements made on the issue of Security and Guarantees and for “going beyond his authority”.
In a written statement, Olgun and Ertug called on Eide to avoid making biased statements. They stressed that Eide’s criticisms of the guarantee system, which prevented the island from being united to Greece, are unacceptable. Those criticisms don’t take into consideration the hostility towards Turkish Cypriots in the Greek Cypriot side and the reality that the ‘Cyprus Republic’ has been under the occupation of Greek Cypriots since 1963, that the “TRNC” continues to suffer the consequences of isolation and that the Greek Cypriot side continues their unilateral natural gas explorations.
Furthermore, they stressed that thanks to the Security and Guarantee system that came into force in 1960, the Turkish Cypriot people have been protected “from being destroyed” and the island was prevented from becoming a Hellenic island therefore Eide’s making serious statements on the issue of Security and Guarantee cannot be accepted.