Erdoğan: I Invite the International Community to Recognize the Independence of the TRNC
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his speech at the 78th UN General Assembly, said, "I invite the international community to recognize the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and to establish diplomatic, political, and economic relations with this country."
President Erdoğan shared Turkey's approaches to various problem areas, starting from its region, during the 78th UN General Assembly meetings. He stated, "Turning the Eastern Mediterranean into a region where peace, prosperity, and stability prevail is only possible by respecting the rights and law of all parties. We have no eye on anyone's rights, and we do not allow anyone to disregard our rights, and we will not allow it."
Erdoğan reminded that it is the 60th anniversary of the emergence of the Cyprus problem and emphasized that the Turkish Cypriot side has always made sincere efforts to find a fair, permanent, and sustainable solution to the Cyprus problem. He stated that it is a universally accepted fact that this solution can no longer be realized on the basis of a federation model.
Erdoğan called on the international community to recognize the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and to establish diplomatic, political, and economic relations with this country, emphasizing that everyone should accept this reality. He also expected the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to rigorously adhere to its neutrality.
Erdoğan also mentioned relations with the European Union (EU):
"The increasingly complex structure of regional and global challenges underlines the need to advance Turkey-European Union (EU) relations on a healthy ground. Our expectation from the EU is for it to start fulfilling its obligations towards our country, which it has neglected for a long time. Especially, it is time for the duplicity in its attitude towards Turkey to come to an end."
President Erdoğan said that the UN Security Council is no longer the guarantor of world security as the political strategies of five countries have turned into a conflict zone. He noted that today's world is facing increasing, more complex, and more dangerous challenges. He pointed out conflicts, wars, humanitarian crises, political disputes, and social tensions in many parts of the world.
Erdoğan emphasized that terrorist organizations turned into proxies through the utilization of the ambitions of global powers and their areas of activity are expanding day by day like a pandemic. He also underlined the need for diplomacy to find a solution to global problems.