Mustafa Akıncı: “We are a part of a generation which found out what war means by experiencing it. It is with this reason, that we do not want future generations to experience what we have experienced”.
In his talk broadcasted on the BRT channel on the 20th of July, Mustafa Akıncı who said that – “We want Peace, Justice, Stability, Progress and Prosperity. Not just for us, but for the entire island and for the local communities”, continued in this way:
“Our island or our seas and area, without exclusion, by exhibiting common beliefs and cooperation, can be transformed into an area of peace and stability where all sides can benefit. We want Peace, Justice, Stability, Progress and Prosperity, Not Just for us, but for the entire island and for the local communities”.
Mustafa Akıncı who commemorated martyrs with compassion and who saluted war vets with respect, stated that they will use diplomatic channels up until the end and that the era of different sayings in different atmospheres must end.
Mustafa Akıncı: “How long will the Greek leaderships staggers last in the face of our stable stance? The Greek side must finally decide. Will it be able to accept a solution consisting of the equality of both communities, where they will live with security and freedom and at the same time, they will share authority and riches? Or does it want to register permanently the division of the island?”.
“45 YEARS HAVE PASSED”
Mustafa Akıncı who stated that 45 years have passed from the 20th of July 1974 and that now children who were born that day were now 45 years old also stated that people of this age and younger form almost 2/3s of the current population. Mustafa Akıncı: “With this reason, while scrutinizing the 20th of Julys and their reasons, we are also actually, telling an important part of our population an era in which they have not lived. We are also reminding those who have lived those days once again”.
“THE 15TH OF JULY IS IMPORTANT FOR TWO REASONS”
Mustafa Akıncı, brought attention to the two reasons on why the 15th of July is important and said the following:
“The 15th of July has become an important reason not for one but for two reasons. 15th of July 1974, is the day of the Fascist Greek Juntas coup which it did by cooperating with Nikos Sampson in Cyprus for the unification of the island with Greece. On the other hand, the 15th of July 2016, is also the date of the unsuccessful military coup to bring down Civil Administration in Turkey. The coup with the aim of Enosis which took place on the 15th of July 1974, could not reach its goal after the struggle of the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish Cypriot Combatants to stop them. Additionally, the 15th of July 2016 military coup attempt, was unsuccessful due to the Turkish people using their bodies as a shield in the streets”.
“THE PROGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEYS’ GOVERNMENT DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMY IS OUR BIGGEST WISH”
Mustafa Akıncı reminded that the Turkish Cypriot community was on the clear side of the Turkish Civil Administration and Democracy on the night of the military coup and said the following:
“Once again today our biggest wish is, is for the Democracy and Economy of the Republic of Turkey Government to improve on all fields and for its population to come to the most prosperous point”.
Mustafa Akıncı who pointed out that if the coup on the 15th of July in Cyprus was successful, it is very clear that the island would be connected with Greece, the operation performed by the Turkish Armed Forces alongside the Turkish Cypriot Combatants on the 20th of July, prevented Enosis and formed a foundation of bi-zonal, equal, and secure area to live in.
Mustafa Akıncı who stated that there was an effort to build up on this foundation for years, reminded that there were periods close to a solution such as the 2004 referendum and the 2017 Crans Montana Conference. Mustafa Akıncı: “What is apparent is that a result could not be reached on both occasions. The Greek Leaderships attitude did not make this possible”.
Mustafa Akıncı who assessed the current status, said the following:
“Once again, the current status that we are in, is tension filled due to the natural gas beds in the Eastern Mediterranean. By paying attention to the situation which is climbing and with the aim of shortening the way to a solution, I made a suggestion to the Greek leadership. Fundamentally, there were suggestions encouraging the Greek side to cooperation in 2011. Now, by improving upon and refreshing the idea of the formation of a partnered committee and by detailing it, I presented [the suggestions] in the form of 9 articles with consultations with the Government and Turkey.
The essence of our suggestion is to stay away from one-sided activity and to act together. Since it is accepted that these resources are our common riches, then we should form a partnered committee in order to benefit from them and suggested to compare these subjects there”.
“COMMON UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION”
Mustafa Akıncı, stated that the Republic of Cyprus rejected this suggestion and said that the Republic of Cyprus misused its identity as the only internationally recognised owner and did not approach for equality and partnership. Mustafa Akıncı: “In this case, they leave us not other option, other than acting one-sidedly, in order to balance the one-sided actions of the Greeks”.
Mustafa Akıncı pointed out that by showing common understandings and cooperation, our island, seas and area, can be transformed into a form of peace and stability without exclusion and somewhere which all sides will benefit.
Mustafa Akıncı who said he is determined to continue his understanding and views in this way, also stated that he wants peace and stability on our island and area. Mustafa Akıncı: “The way to this is obviously goes through staying strong and protecting our legitimate rights and we know this”. Mustafa Akıncı also said that they will continue their efforts for this to ensure this from all perspectives be it economic or democratic and with a progressive population and government.
“WE WILL USE DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS TO THE END”
Mustafa Akıncı who said that the actions will continue at the international society, added by saying that they informed the international society of the suggestions they have made to the Republic of Cyprus and that the United Nations and the European Union are also aware of these suggestions. Mustafa Akıncı reminded that a letter was sent to the United Nations General Secretary regarding our views of the current status before the suggestions were made to the Republic of Cyprus and said the following:
“We will use diplomatic channels to the end”.
“WE WANT OPENNESS FROM THE GREEK LEADER”
Mustafa Akıncı stated that he will be meeting with Republic of Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis very son and said that there is a want for openness from Anastasiadis.
He continued in this way:
“Additionally, we will meet with Greek Leader Mr. Anastasiadis, as soon as he recovers from his unfortunate accident. In the letter I wrote to the United Nations General Secretary, I requested that he take upon 5 unofficial meetings. Turkeys expectations are also for such meetings to take place as soon as possible.
We all want openness from the Greek leader. We see that, at this point, the members of the Greek society are also wishing for this. What does the Greek leader want? What is his goal? What kind of future does he foresee for Cyprus? The period of different sayings in different atmospheres must end. Turbidity has been created due to saying sometimes confederation behind closed doors where both governments are there, sometimes soft federation, some other day decentralized federation, after that Presidential system, or in its place a parliament system, alternating presidency, or in its place alternating vice-presidency. How long will the staggers of the Greek leadership continue in the face of our stable stance? The Greek side must finally decide. Will they accept a solution consisting of the equality of the population, where they live with security and freedom and at the same time, they share authority and riches? Or will they register permanently the division of the island? All these things must be brought to light at the 5 unofficial meetings we have requested from Mr. Guterres”.
“WE WANT PEACE FOR ALL THE ISLAND AND ITS LOCAL COMMUNITIES”
Mustafa Akıncı who pointed out that as a population which understood what war is by living it, they have outdistanced themselves from the days of conflict in our area, and the hooligan missiles which have fallen to our soul also had the following to say – “We want Peace, Justice, Progress and Prosperity. Not only for us, but for our island and all the local communities in the area”.
Mustafa Akıncı who stated that they will continue with all their power for establishment of Peace, also added to his words by saying that the principle of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk of “Peace in The Country, Peace in The World” will continue to be their most important principle.