Kasoulidis: We should not give away the T/k to Turkey

It is now up to the Turkish people themselves to decide whether they envision living in a reunified Cyprus as a member of the EU and the UN, said the Minister

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It is now up to the Turkish people themselves to decide whether they envision living in a reunified Cyprus, a member of the EU and the UN, or whether they want to become a political branch of Turkey, said Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulidis, noting that our side is doing everything can "so as not to give T/k to Turkey".

Speaking at the World Conference of Diaspora Cypriots, in Limassol, Mr. Kasoulidis said at the same time that the acceptance of the MOUs proposed by our side would be mutually beneficial for both sides, while referring to the relationship between Cypriots and Ukrainians, he said that some are selective in the condemnation of the principles of international law.

In his greeting, Mr. Kasoulidis said that today we are once again at a critical crossroads in the Cyprus issue "and this time it is more than we said every time".

"The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has repeatedly expressed the will for the immediate resumption of talks and has demonstrated its commitment to the effort to cultivate the necessary positive climate between the two communities", he said and indicated that we have proposed a package of ambitious MoUs and have moved forward in unilateral initiatives to cultivate a positive climate to improve the daily life of Turkish Cypriots.

We, he continued, know that Cyprus belongs to the Cypriot people who are made up of Greeks, Turks, Maronites, Armenians and Latins "and we are trying to do everything we can not to give Turks to Turkey".

He also expressed the certainty that the acceptance of the MOUs would be mutually beneficial for both sides, however, he added, the leadership of the T/k, ignoring the T/k, rejected the proposals of the President of the Republic.

The Foreign Minister announced that "the Turkey-occupiers protocol creates further conditions of Turkish dependence on Turkey, alters the secular character of the Turkish community and makes the Turkish captives of Turkish plans and the restrictions provided by its policies of Turkey in matters of democracy and freedom".

"It is now up to the Turkish people themselves to decide whether they envision living in a reunified Cyprus, a member of the EU and the OH, or whether they want to become a political offshoot of Turkey," he added.

At the same time, he said that none of us can consider reconciliation with stagnation and acceptance of the status quo as patriotism, as this "means the continuation of the occupation, the settlement, the uprooting of the refugees, but at the same time it removes the prospect of the reunification of Cyprus in conditions of security and prosperity".

He noted that during his visits to foreign countries, in the last seven months, he did not find any slippage of positions on the Cyprus issue, nor complaints on our side for a two-state solution, but support for the agreed solution, based on the UN resolutions.

In his speech, the Foreign Minister also referred to the Ukrainian language, saying that our own effort is focused on promoting Cyprus as a reliable, extroverted and predictable Western partner within the EU, without attractive tactics and backtracking, which joins straightforwardly and synergistically, with common positions and EU policies, in a spirit of unity and solidarity.

He also pointed out that "in our foreign policy we are not Westerners, we are Westerners" and underlined that whenever we chose political cover-ups and policies of yes but, we had negative consequences.

At the same time, he emphasized that the same principles that are violated in the case of Ukraine by Russia, are also violated in the case of Cyprus, by Turkey, for 48 consecutive years. "Consequently, some cannot be selective in condemning these authorities, nor promote a political approach of double standards", he added.

Addressing the expatriates, Ioannis Kasoulidis said that the role of their organizations is of decisive importance in maintaining the identity of Cypriots and also in promoting the just demands of our people both in Cyprus and abroad.

Cyprus, he added, is proud of its emigrants, since they are the best ambassadors of the island's culture, ethos and traditions, and NEPOMAK carries on its backs the care and concern for the next generation of Cypriots in the diaspora, who are expected to outnumber the Cypriots residing in the Republic of Cyprus.

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