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Turkish Cypriot side slams Cyprus’ ‘baseless accusations’ on human rights

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar

The Turkish Cypriot side on Friday lambasted the Republic’s foreign ministry’s message marking the Human Rights Day, citing “attacks and baseless accusations” against Turkey.

The north’s ‘foreign ministry’ said it condemned the latest statement issued by the Greek Cypriot leadership.

It said that the Greek Cypriot leadership, “while violating the human rights of Turkish Cypriots, continued to try to mislead the international community with its arrogant statements.”

The Cyprus foreign ministry on Thursday had said that it was “a regrettable fact that in the year 2020, the human rights of all Cypriots continue to be brutally violated, on a daily basis, as a result of the continued Turkish occupation since 1974.”

It added that “ending the illegal Turkish occupation” and the ongoing violations of all Cypriots’ human rights by Turkey remains the top priority of the Republic of Cyprus.

Whoever is seeking human rights violations in Cyprus should look into the Greek Cypriot foreign ministry’s activities, the Turkish Cypriot side said. “If there is a side which violates human rights in Cyprus, it is the Greek Cypriot side.”

It added that the “Greek Cypriot foreign ministry” had made it a main goal to prevent Turkish Cypriot athletes and youth from taking part in international sports competitions, cultural or social activities.

“The Greek Cypriot mindset which perceives the destruction of people’s hopes and dreams as a success has also confined the Turkish Cypriot people to the negotiating table for over 50 years, continuing to usurp their rights with the false assumption that it represents the whole island,” it said.

It added that the Greek Cypriot leadership, since embarking on its goal to unite the island with Greece in the 1950s “has resorted to all methods of violence to achieve its target while it continues today what it failed to achieve through the force of arms with its status as an internationally recognised government”.

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