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Erdogan condemns diplomatic ‘games’ during visit to north (updated, photos)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan Addresses The Audience As He Attends A Ceremony Marking The 37th Anniversary Of The Declaration Of Independence Of The Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus In Northern Nicosia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the audience in the north

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots will no longer tolerate “diplomacy games” over rights to offshore resources in the Eastern Mediterranean.

On a visit to the north, which only Ankara recognises as a state, Erdogan said peace and stability cannot be achieved in the region unless Turkey and northern Cyprus receive a fair share of territorial rights.

Erdogan is in the north to help celebrate 37 years since the unilateral declaration of independence of the ‘Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’.

In his address at a parade in north Nicosia to mark the anniversary Erdogan said the dead end reached in the Cyprus talks was the fault of the Greek Cypriot side, which did not honour its promises.

“The Turkish Cypriots live in their country with dignity and freedom, despite the countless attacks they have faced. It is out priority to reach a viable solution to the Cyprus problem in a way that secures the legal rights of the Turkish Cypriots. Today there are two separate populations, two separate states in Cyprus. The two-state solution must be negotiated on the basis of sovereign equality,” Erdogan said.

“There is only one victim in Cyprus, the Turkish Cypriots whose rights have been ignored for years,” he added.

“As a guarantor power, we and the ‘TRNC’ not longer accept dip0lomatic games. We do not enter any negotiation in the Eastern Mediterranean where our country and the ‘TRNC’ do not participate fairly, and which can produce peace and stability”.

He added that Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar would soon visit Azerbaijan – which does not recognise northern Cyprus – to “make the situation better”, without elaborating.

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