President Dervis Eroglu said that the Cyprus Turkish people lived freely and independently under the security of their state, all thanks to the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation
Celebrations marking the 39th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation kicked off today with a 21 gun salute and an Address to the Nation by President Dervis Eroglu.
In his address to the nation, the President said that Turkey’s timely military intervention had foiled the Greek-Greek Cypriot-duo’s plans to annex the island with Greece and to annihilate Turkish existence on the island.
He described the decision by Turkey to carry out the Turkish Peace Operation as one of the most honourable and important decisions taken in Turkish history.
“The Turkish Cypriot people gained their freedom with the 20th of July Peace Operation. It established its state within the boundaries drawn. Motherland Turkey showed the importance it attached to the Turkish Cypriots and its determination to protecting their rights and interests with its timely intervention” he added.
President Dervis Eroglu also said that the Turkish Cypriot people were determined to live freely and honourably under its own state.
“We established a state and we shall never abandon it. The state is our freedom, our independence and our sovereignty. No one can force us to a settlement that will take us back to the pre 1974 conditions” he said.
On the issue of the Cyprus negotiations process, the President said that the Cyprus Turkish Side expected the talks to resume in October to be concluded with a settlement.
Eroglu also expressed the hope that the Greek Cypriot Side will acknowledge the Cyprus Turkish Side’s sincerity towards a solution and will stop dragging its feet at the negotiating table.
“The Turkish Cypriot people have been showing patience for nearly 40 years. Although it is the Greek Cypriots who aren’t approaching a solution, it is the Turkish Cypriots who are being punished. This is unacceptable. The Turkish Cypriots are running out of patience” the President stressed.
President Dervis Eroglu also said that the upcoming negotiations were a last opportunity to reach a lasting settlement and warned that failure to reach a solution could lead to a change in the conjuncture, diminishing chances of finding such an opportunity again.
“We want Cyprus to become an island of peace, to set an example in the region” he said.