Northern Cyprus slams Med7 declaration
Joint declaration, ignoring the existence of the Turkish Cypriot community is ‘null and void,’ says TRNC
By Murat Demirci
LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Saturday rejected a recent joint declaration by EU member states.
In a statement, TRNC Deputy Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the joint declaration, which ignores the existence of the Turkish Cypriot community and distorts historical and political facts, is “null and void”.
France, Italy, Spain, Malta, Portugal, Greece, and the Greek Cypriot administration on Tuesday adopted the joint declaration during the 5th Summit of the Southern European Union Countries (Med7) held in the Greek Cypriot side.
“We would like to remind all the concerned sides that we will continue to protect interests and legitimate rights --
On Thursday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry slammed the declaration saying it was "another example of the unfair and unconstructive attitude maintained by certain EU members, in the name of the so-called 'Union solidarity'".
Cyprus has been divided since
The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which was declared on Nov. 15, 1983, is currently recognized only by Turkey as an independent state while Greek Cyprus is an EU member state since 2004.
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