UBP and DP against the new “citizenship law”, TDP and CTP in favor

Turkish Cypriot daily Detay newspaper (20.05.15) reports that after the submission and discussion at the so-called assembly of the new “citizenship law” and a “draft law” regarding the “work permits” of the foreigners and the granting of “citizenship”, the National Unity Party (UBP) and the coalition party DP have expressed their strong reaction over the new “regulations” of the “law”.

UBP and DP reacted particularly over the “regulation” which envisages that those who are currently working in the occupied area of Cyprus with a “work permit” will acquire the right to take the “TRNC’s citizenship” in 15 years instead of 5 years as the “law” envisaged before.

Commenting on the above change of the “law”, the chairman of the National Unity Party (UBP) Huseyin Ozgurgun said that this regulation is unacceptable and added that its party will vote against the “law” in the “assembly”.

On his part, Fikri Ataoglu, “deputy” with the Democratic Party (DP) said that the “draft bill” is contradictory to human and legal values.

Meanwhile, commenting on the issue, the “deputy” with the Social Democracy Party (TDP) Mehmet Cakici expressed full support to the “government” towards the “citizenship law” and stated that the changes in the “law” are fair and legal since as he said similar regulations exist in other EU countries.

On the same issue, Kutlay Erk, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party-United Forces (CTP-BG) said that the new “citizenship law” and “draft law” will pass into “law” after being discussed first. He added that the final form of the “law” will be discussed as well and expressed the view that the extension of the period for a person to have a right to be granted a “citizenship” from 5 to 15 years is in fact very long and should be re-examined.



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