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Kasoulides: it’s not the RoC that is defunct

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides

The position of Turkey, maintaining that the Republic of Cyprus is “defunct”, is not in accordance with the 193 members of the United Nations, except Turkey, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said.

According to an official announcement, Kasoulides added that the party that is not part of the international legal order, is the Turkish Cypriot community, represented by an illegal regime, recognised only by Turkey.

The announcement was in response to a report in Phileleftheros on Sunday that Ankara had written a letter to the Council of Europe stating its view that the RoC was defunct and that it would not recognise Cyprus for the purposes of any cooperation as regards the Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Persons in its ratification of the convention.

Ankara’s declaration states: “Turkey declares that its ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Persons neither amounts to any form of recognition of the Greek Cypriot administration’s pretention (sic) to represent the defunct Republic of Cyprus as party to that convention, nor should it imply any obligation on the part of Turkey to enter into any dealing with the so-called Republic of Cyprus within the framework of the said convention.”

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