Not finding a solution to the Cyprus problem will only serve to cement the divisions on the island even further, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Sunday.
In a message marking the events on July 20, 1974, he said all sides must continue efforts to find a solution with determination.
“It’s not just us Turkish Cypriots, all interested parties and especially the Greek Cypriots, must help for peace, tranquility and prosperity in Cyprus. In case that does not happen, the division of our island will be rooted even further.”
Efforts have been ongoing for years and in the last few years we have been very close to a solution, Akinci said. For reasons not stemming from the Turkish Cypriot side, nothing came of it, Akinci said, referring to the Annan plan in 2004 and the talks in Crans Montana in 2017.
It has been three years since then, with no negotiations. The absence of a solution “does not bring us to a better position but accumulates other problems.” The passage of time does not help, he added.
When it comes to resources, if the approach is one of sharing, then peace and stability will prevail, Akinci said.
As far as what happened on July 20, 1974, Akinci said the coup on July 15 could not be ignored, when Greece’s junta aimed to oppress the Greek Cypriot community and leave Turkish Cypriots out of the legal order so the island could be united with Greece, Akinci added.
The events held in the north for the anniversary of July 20 as well as Kurban Bayram on July 31 have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic.