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Denktash repeats that he is defending Turkey's rights in Cyprus
2003-10-08 17:52:55

Ankara Anatolia news agency (06.10.03) reported from Kutahya that the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktas, on Monday said that the Cyprus issue was a geopolitic and strategic issue of Turkey.

Addressing the opening of the academic year of Dumlupinar University in western Kutahya province, Mr Denktas, inter alia, said:

'' The Cyprus problem is not the issue of Turkish Cypriots. It is not an issue that is not solved due to the resistance of Denktas. The Cyprus issue is a geopolitic and strategic issue of Turkey. Turks' patience will never end in protecting the country. If you are Turk, you will be patient. EU member countries say 'Turks are not suitable for us ideologically.' They want to make Cyprus a Greek island. This fight started like that and Turks resisted against it.

If we accept the Annan plan, the right which Turkey gained in 1960, the right to intervene and the Turkish-Greek balance on the island will end. Turkey will no longer have rights on Cyprus. Because according to the 1960 treaties, Cyprus can't become a member of an organization without Turkey. The Greek Cypriots violated that agreement and it is on the way to become an EU member.

They want me to sign this illegitimate application and make it legitimate. I won't do that. We will go for elections in December. The U.S., the U.K, and the EU openly support the opposition. They say that the Cyprus issue can't be sorted out with Denktas. I have become the target as I defend the rights of Turkey on Cyprus. We won't give them up.?

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