JOINT DECLARATION BY THE TRNC LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY CONDEMNING THE DECISION OF THE GREEK CYPRIOT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO COMMEMORATE THE PLEBISCITE FOR ENOSIS IN GREEK CYPRIOT SCHOOLS 

It is well known by all which historical facts the Turkish Cypriot people recall by “Enosis”, the movement which ignores the existence and identity of the Turkish Cypriot people, one of the co-owners of the Island of Cyprus. 

Despite all past experiences, our people have always put forward their willingness towards reaching a solution which ensures that the painful events of the past will not be repeated. The Turkish Cypriot people voted in favour of the Annan Plan in 2004 and subsequently kept their will to reach a settlement alive. 

The TRNC Legislative Assembly has supported all of the settlement negotiation processes to date in accordance with the will of our people and has taken decisions in support of a solution in line with UN Parameters. Most recently, it has expressed full support of the document signed by the two leaders on 11 February 2014.

Despite the Turkish Cypriot side’s continuing will for a solution, the decision taken by the House of Representatives of the Greek Cypriot Administration to commemorate in schools the 1950 Plebiscite for Enosis constitutes an approach which is in complete contravention of the document of 14 February 2014 as well as the ongoing negotiation process. 

It should be well known that this decision has been perceived by the Turkish Cypriot side as a serious disrespect to the main philosophy behind the negotiation process, has deepened the distrust of the Turkish Cypriot people towards the Greek Cypriots, and has further escalated suspicions concerning the Greek Cypriot side’s good will and sincerity towards finding a solution within the framework of the UN parameters. 

We seriously condemn the fact that the Greek Cypriot side has brought “Enosis” to the agenda at a time when the process to find a solution to the Cyprus problem is ongoing, and declare our request that the UN take immediate action to ensure the Greek Cypriot side steps back from this historical error which may lead to irreparable outcomes.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Dr. Sibel SİBER

Leader of the Republican Turkish Party, Tufan ERHÜRMAN

Leader of the National Unity Party, Hüseyin ÖZGÜRGÜN

Leader of the Democrat Party, Serdar DENKTAŞ

Leader of the Communal Democracy Party, Hüseyin ANGOLEMLİ

Independent Members of Parliament