Turkish Cypriot Leader Hails Turkey’s 1974 ‘Intervention’



Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said on Thursday that Turkey’s military intervention in Cyprus “had prevented the situation from worsening”.

Marking the beginning of a series of celebrations in the north, Akinci said the best outcome since then would have been to reach a just solution but “unfortunately the years have not been favorable”.

“As I have always stated if there is a problem somewhere, the search for a solution will always continue. However, it is high time for all parties involved, particularly the UN, to seriously question as to why efforts for the past 50 years failed to yield any results.

“It must be understood that recognizing one of the two sides on the island as the sole legal owner of the island and isolating the other community will not serve efforts to reach a solution but only the continuation of the status quo,” he said.

In his address, Akinci claimed that the Turkish Cypriot side has proven their desire for a settlement time and time again, whether it was the 2004 Annan Plan or during the talks in Crans Montana.