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Turkish Cypriot Movement supports a federal state in Cyprus
2002-07-06 19:29:08

By Kyriakos Tsioupras-- London, Jul 6 (CNA) - Turkish Cypriots living in Cyprus occupied areas are outnumbered by the Turkish settlers and are facing extinction, Turkish Cypriot politician, member of the Turkish Cypriot Patriotic Unity Movement (YBH) Ozker Ozgur said speaking here yesterday at a gathering of Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Ozgur said that the Turkish Cypriots are desperate and send an SOS message to all who are ready to listen to them. Both Ozgur and YBH General Secretary Izzet Izcan stressed that the way out of this situation was the accession of a united Cyprus to the European Union.

Ozgur noted that the army in the occupied north has the final word on both external and internal security. Izcan said that the Movement wants an independent, united, federal state in Cyprus where people of Cypriot identity will be masters in their homeland.|

"Cypriots lived peacefully together for hundreds of years. They can live together again," he added.

He also noted that the framework for a solution to the Cyprus problem is provided by the High Level Agreements of 1997 and 1979 and UN resolutions on Cyprus, providing for a bicommunal, bizonal federation.

"We are for a single state, single voice, single representation with basic human rights guaranteed," he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. It opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998 and has so far provisionally closed 28 out of 31 chapters of the acquis communautaire.

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