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Turkish Cypriot President (Center) Eroğlu and other officials mark Turkey’s intervention.

Turkish Cypriot President (Center) Eroğlu and other officials mark Turkey’s intervention.

Turkish Cyprus has marked the 38th anniversary of Turkey’s intervention in Cyprus with ceremonies across the northern part of the island.

Turkish Cypriots celebrate “Peace and Freedom Day” on July 20 every year. Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu, Prime Minister İrsen Küçük, and Vice President Mehmet Ali Talat, as well as several ministers and top generals from the Turkish Cyprus Peace Forces, including Lieutenant General Adem Huduti, attended the ceremony. 

On behalf of Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay, deputy chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Osman Korutürk, and Secretary General of the Presidency Mustafa İsen, as well as a number of other officials attended the ceremonies. President Abdullah Gül sent a letter to Eroğlu, reiterating the Turkey’s support to Turkish Cypriots.

U.N. mandate extended

During his speech in Nicosia, Eroğlu said the result of the reunification talks were so far a “disappointment,” and called on the United Nations to reveal why and where the negotiations were deadlocked. Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council has extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus through to January 2013, and again urged all leaders to speed up talks. The council made the move in a resolution adopted 13-0, with two abstentions from Azerbaijan and Pakistan, noting that the decades-long Cyprus stalemate had so far failed to move toward a comprehensive and durable settlement. 

Compiled from AA and AP stories by the Daily News staff.


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ilker avni

7/21/2012 8:40:32 PM

Turkey for the last forty years has used Cyprus as a military base Free of charge.Britain pays for the military bases in Cyprus,since the Baris invasion more Cypriots Turks have fled the island why? Cypriot Turks are a dieing breed,we are all spread from one part of the world to the other,when will Turkey encourage Turkish Cypriots back to their homeland where they belong,instead of stealing they island for they own agenda.Cypriots should be left to sort out our problems between ourself.

Great Attila

7/21/2012 5:57:20 PM

The Turkish Cypriots voted for the Annan plan, but yet seem to be penalized for it. I guess that's the way the world works. If Cyprus really wants to be unified, the best way forward is a federal state. Two separate states unified under a federal government.


7/21/2012 5:38:45 PM

The only "solution" that lasted. Greeks should be thanking TSK for bringing democracy to Cyprus and Greece and catapulting them into EU -for better or worse.


7/21/2012 3:11:06 PM

It is high time that the tragic realities of Cyprus are acknowledged by the UN and the responsibility for the violence and suffering imposed on the Turkish Cypriot people be shouldered by the true perpetrators the Greek Cypriot regime who have hijacked the republic under the watchful eyes of this baseless and useless so-called UN. 

Chris Green

7/21/2012 1:11:29 PM

For the first time, the Lone Turk, an F16 displayed with the Turkish Stars, all as covered by local media and my own column certainly did so. The message passed by the bi-annual displays is compelling and it says loud, clear, and dramatic that Turkey are not leaving this part of the world any time soon irrespective of other whining noises from south of the Green Line!

john albay

7/21/2012 10:02:23 AM

Thank you Turkey,Thank you the Turkish Military for defending us and helping us,in order we may never again be murdered and mistreated by the evil greek cypriots. We Turkish cypriots know who our friend is,Turkey, and we never again will trust the greek cypriots who caused us so much pain and misery.Please forget the so called re unification talks as all the greek cypriots want is a 100% greek run island which answer to their masters in athen! Long live TURKISH CYPRUS!
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