Tatars again provocative: "Varos is the land of our ancestors"
We must not conclude any agreement and we will never fall under the yoke or the power of the Greek Cypriots, said the Turkish leader Ersin Tatar. He also said that Varosia is "the land of our ancestors" and part of the new policy.
During a visit to the Konya Science Center in Turkey, where he talked to young people and answered questions, the Turkish leader said that Varos had been closed for 47 years. "We showed this political will during my time as prime minister. When we look at Cyprus, the presence of Turkey in this struggle is extremely important. "Therefore, I discussed this issue with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan," he said.
Basically, he continued, “the opposite side expected that in case there was an agreement, Varosia, which has been closed for 47 years, would be returned to the Greek Cypriots. At the time of the Annan plan, we said yes, they said no. "Even though they said no, they were fully accepted into the EU. If they said yes, Varosha would have been returned."
The Turkish leader said that "despite the good will of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey, as there is no longer any hope of an agreement, it would not make sense for Varos to remain closed for another 47 years."
"Varosia was essentially an area that belonged to our Turkish institutions. After 1571, the whole island was essentially an Ottoman island and the properties there belonged to a series of vakufia. There are documents. An area belonging to 3 or 5 institutions was donated during the British colonialism and as a result of this donation, hotels and buildings were erected there. Therefore, no one can say that it belongs to others, no one can say that it belongs to the Greek Cypriots. Because it is the land of our ancestors. Famagusta is truly one of the most beautiful and important cities in northern Cyprus. "There has been a great development since 1974," said Ersin Tatar.
The Turkish leader said that when the Ottomans surrendered Cyprus to the British in 1878, the population was 50 Turks and 100 Greeks. "The difference was 50 thousand. In 1960 ours increased from 50 thousand to 100 thousand. The E / K increased from 100 thousand to 400 thousand. "During the British period, the population really turned against us, attracting people from Greece and other islands," he said.
"Look at the EU today, the Greek Cypriot administration with a population of 700 has the same right as Germany. He has the right to veto once. "If the Greek Cypriot side says anywhere in the relations between the EU with a population of 450 million and Turkey with a population of 85 million 'I do not approve of this, I exercise my veto', it can stop using the veto," he said.
In this way, he continued, human rights and a series of similar regulations in the world gave "different rights" to peoples. "Therefore, there are two separate peoples in Cyprus, as required by international standards, so there is no difference between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot, there should be no. The agreements already require it. Therefore, we do not and should not conclude any agreement and we will never fall under the yoke or power of the Greek Cypriots. That is why we are talking about two separate sovereign states. Varosha is part of the new policy. Cyprus is not the former Cyprus, the eastern Mediterranean is not the former eastern Mediterranean, Turkey is not the former Turkey. "In this respect, the status and value of the TDBC in the Eastern Mediterranean has become much more important in this new political assessment," Ersin Tatar concluded.