Talat: ELAM should be shut down

Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog newspaper (20.11.15) reports that the chairman of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, called on the Greek Cypriot side to shut ELAM down. Talat was speaking to Radyo Guven where he evaluated the attacks against Turkish Cypriots by ELAM and the progress of the Cyprus negotiations.

Talat stated that in order for the negotiations to come to a conclusion, otherization, hatred and racism thought must be put to an end and laws must be prepared towards this direction. He went on and said that ELAM tried in the past to silence him as well and added that the organization must be shut down and be punished heavily. He also said that ELAM should have not been given permission to open in the first place. He also referred to some rumors according to which the police of the Republic of Cyprus did not react while the Turkish Cypriots were under attack and said that the police must be supervised better and be confronted on the issue.
“We will solve the Cyprus problem and we will live together”, Talat said adding that the concerns of the Turkish Cypriots will be increased while the solution efforts are processing and this kind of incidents take place.
Replying to a question Talat said that he is not sure whether the Greek Cypriot administration is sincere as regards the solution of the Cyprus problem. “I do not know, I want to believe it, I want to believe that there is hope for a solution, but unfortunately I cannot be sure”, he stated.
Finally, referring to the issue of guarantees, Talat said that it is an issue that interests not only the two sides in Cyprus but also Turkey, Greece and the UK and added that an international decision must be taken for abolishing of the guarantees in Cyprus. However, he said that 95% of the Turkish Cypriots want the guarantee system


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