One island two states, only solution to decade-old conflict TRNC FM urges EU, UN to, recognize his country as a sovereign state

Zubair Qureshi

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Turkish Republic of the Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Tahsin Ertugruloglu on Monday said his country appreciated the Pakistan government’s efforts for highlighting the plight of the Afghani people, particularly women and children, in the wake of the recent days of unrest and change of command there.

Pakistan also deserves kudos for hosting the extraordinary session of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on this specific issue, he said.

The TRNC Foreign Minister was addressing the media persons at a news conference held at the residence of the Representative of the TRNC in Pakistan Ms Dilsad Senol. On the resolution of the TRNC conflict with the Greek Cyprus, the Turkish Cyprus foreign minister without mincing words made it clear the core responsibility for resolution of the conflict lay with the United Nations. “Although it is good we see many resolutions passed at the UN yet the real challenge is the implementation of those resolutions,” said Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu.

He said the EU’s double standards were exposed when it unilaterally recognized the Greek Cyprus pending the case of the Turkish Cyprus indefinitely. We want the same treatment, same recognition as we are a party to the conflict, he said. About any headway to end the decades-old conflict between rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots that destabilizes the Eastern Mediterranean and is a key source of tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, he said,


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