Turkish Cypriot daily Gunes newspaper (20.04.16) reports that the self-styled prime minister Huseyin Ozgurgun stressed that “the government wants to work in cooperation and harmony with all trade unions”.
Addressing a meeting with the Turkish Cypriot trade unions and a delegation from the Turkish trade union Yol-Is (trade union of road, building and construction workers), self-styled deputy prime minister and minister of finance Serdar Denktas alleged that there is an effort, where they are trying to alienate the relations between Turkey and “North Cyprus”, aiming to transform Cyprus into a Greek island, as the Greek Cypriots have been yearning for years now.
Denktas further claimed that the EU and many international actors are trying to distance Turkish Cypriots from Turkey in order to make them to sign an agreement at all costs. He also claimed that although the EU officials have been deceived by the Greek Cypriots, the EU is trying again to deceive the Turkish Cypriots.
Referring to Turkey’s guarantees, Denktas alleged that the guarantees are protecting the Turkish Cypriots’ lives and rights. Noting that Britain and Greece are ready to remove the Treaty of Guarantee, Denktas argued that in case the issues of guarantees and security are left to be discussed at the last stage, then Turkey will not be able to say no to the removal of the guarantees because it will be implied as an obstacle to the solution. He concluded by claiming that the citizens will reject an agreement, which will not include Turkey’s guarantee, which is an approved guarantee system.
Kemal Durust, self-styled minister of public works and communication, said that they are strong with Turkey, adding that the Turkish Cypriots will never abandon Turkey or the “TRNC flag”. He also said that he believes as there is a strong Turkey, so there is a “TRNC” in peace.