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"To begin, [Greek] Cyprus is not a state, it's an administration. There is no such thing as Cyprus as a country," Erdoğan said during a speech at Eötvös Lorand (ELTE) University in Budapest, Hungary on Feb. 5. AA photo

"To begin, [Greek] Cyprus is not a state, it's an administration. There is no such thing as Cyprus as a country," Erdoğan said during a speech at Eötvös Lorand (ELTE) University in Budapest, Hungary on Feb. 5. AA photo

The government of South Cyprus strongly condemned Feb. 8 the remarks of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in which he claimed that there was "no such thing as Cyprus as a country."

"The agitation and bullying manifested by Erdoğan cannot change our determination for freedom and reunification. Cyprus is a country and a member of the U.N. as well as the EU, of which it assumed the presidency during the previous six months. It exercises its sovereign rights such as the exploitation of its natural resources," said Christos Christofides, a Greek Cypriot government spokesman.

Erdoğan had slammed the EU once again during his Central European visits to three countries this week. "To begin, [Greek] Cyprus is not a state, it's an administration. There is no such thing as Cyprus as a country," he said during a speech at Eötvös Lorand (ELTE) University in Budapest, during his bilateral visit to Hungary on Feb. 5.

The candidate of the ruling communist party, AKEL, in the presidential elections to be held on Feb. 17 and former Foreign Minister Giorgios Lillikas has also denounced Erdoğan's words. "I hope that those who wished that natural gas be transported to Europe via Turkey will come down to earth," said Lillikas.

South Cyprus' initiatives to explore for oil and natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean have heated the already strained relations between the two countries.

Nikos Anastasiadis, the leader of the Democratic Rally (DISY) and one of the most fervent supporters of the Annan Plan for the reunification of the island back in 2004, is another Greek Cypriot politician who has reacted strongly to Erdoğan's comments. Anastasiadis' press secretary, Tasos Mitsopulos, said that any prospect of Turkey entering the EU had to pass through EU-member South Cyprus and called on the government to file a complaint about the Turkish prime minister.

February/09/2013

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Peter Panayiotou

2/12/2013 2:19:56 PM

John you really need to join the present day. Do you hear the Israeli Jews saying that they will not deal with the ëvil" Germans? they suffered far more than the TCs. Do u hear European nations saying they dont want anything to do with Germany even after suffering far more than the TCs? You need to stop your hatred and move forward.

Chris Green

2/11/2013 3:56:42 PM

Mr Alexander, far away in the USA and as detached from reality as ever as are many of those of the Greek persuasion. The Annan Plan, flawed as it was because it was more favourable to your side of the argument, was voted down by your side under the orders of Christosomos, by his own recent admission. That was the last chance saloon really and so annexation by Turkey by mutual consent seems the only logical step. As you may have noted, the British bases remain and are likely to continue to do so.

mike alexander

2/11/2013 4:41:06 AM

chris green, no matter what you and your government wish, Cyprus will be with $600 Bill in oil & gas very soon which the West will safeguard with all their power. I am very sorry that UK lost again the opportunity through the Anna plan which was dictating that the UK Cyprus base also have their own economic zone ! As we say in America, tough luck my man !

john albay

2/10/2013 10:54:44 PM

Bravo the PM!!! How right you are. After the evil greek cypriots hijacked the roc and kicked out the Turkish cypriot ministers and MPs and started murder us Turkish cypriots by the terrorist sampson and EOKA B directed by the church madman markarious the roc stopped to be a country. After the great Turkish military interviened to save us Turkish cypriots and gave us our own state the Turkish republic of Northern cyprus we have,inspite of the inhuman embargo we have gone forwards into freedom!

Robert Ellis

2/10/2013 12:35:05 PM

It is a pity that a respected daily like Hürriyet Daily News is prepared to indulge Turkey's separatist fantasies with a reference to "South Cyprus". In September 2005 the Europenan Council declared that Turkey's refusal to recognise the Republic of Cyprus was "unilateral" and underlined that the EU recognised only the Republic of Cyprus as a subject of international law. We all know that the rule of law in Turkey is shaky, which is why HDN should avoid jumping on the bandwagon.

Ozgur Erhan

2/9/2013 2:22:54 PM

Bravo EU. You are letting a microstate of 700,000 dictate your foreign policy to you. Brilliant.

Chris Green

2/9/2013 12:14:08 PM

The porcine Christofias pleads of his determination when in reality all he, the church and most GC's is to take over the whole island to the detriment of Turkish Cypriots. Well soon he will submerge into political obscurity as his retirement beckons and long there may he remain. Unification will never happen as the steps towards formal annexation of North Cyprus to the natural motherland hasten ever quicker and no Greek can prevent this!

sam stevens

2/9/2013 9:42:48 AM

Don't worry Cyprus, the world has the measure of this mans bad manners !

ilker avni

2/9/2013 5:33:38 AM

Bravo Erdogan he is right Cyprus is not a country but a adminstation.The Cyprus Island has belonged to Turkey for five hundred years,the Greeks only have a lease.Being a EU member does not change ownership.Cyprus joining Turkeys energy hub for Europe is a pipe dream that will never happen.The EU would be mad to risk loseing their supply line for the sake of a few miserable Greeks whose provoking ways will only bring their worst nightmare when they find themselfs without any country left.

Peter Panayiotou

2/9/2013 5:01:34 AM

Its a shame my last two posts on this subject have been stopped. This article follows on from what I was talking about. Turkey must accept that she, Greece and UK together created the Republic of Cyprus in 1960 and as far as the rest of the world is concerned the ROC is still there. The solution to the Cyprus issue is to recognise that fact and move forward from there. Such comments only serve to make him look out of step. Not good for Turkey and hardly anything new for Cyprus.
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