Kucuk met with the Vice President of the Liberal Democrat Party in London; He said Turkey’s policy on Cyprus never changedTurkish Cypriot daily Star Kibris (26.05.11) reports that the self-styled prime minister of the breakaway regime Irsen Kucuk has stated that Turkey’s policy in Cyprus never changed.

Kucuk is visiting London on the occasion of the 60th anniversary from the establishment of the Turkish Cypriot Community, the oldest Turkish community in Europe. Within the framework of his visit, he attended the opening ceremony of the building of the Turkish Cypriot Associations’ Council and gave a lecture on the situation in Cyprus.

Replying to a question regarding the elections to be held on 12 June in Turkey, Kucuk said that Turkey’s policy on Cyprus will not change and noted that Cyprus is a national cause for Turkey. He argued: “The Cyprus issue is an over parties cause. It is Turkey’s national cause. I have been in the active politics in Cyprus since 1976. I was a minister for more than 15 years. Within that period many parties came to power in Turkey, but the policy of our motherland on Cyprus has never changed”.

Kucuk said that the general elections in Turkey never influenced Ankara’s policy on Cyprus and added that the Turkish Cypriots will respect the results of the elections.

Kucuk replied to a question on the situation of the health of former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and said that Denktas saddened them, but he is in a good situation now. He wished Denktas’ recovery as soon as possible, because they have many things to gain from his experience, as he said.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar (26.05.11) reports that Kucuk met yesterday with Mrs Simon Hughes, Vice President of the Liberal Democrat Party (which is the minor partner in the UK’s coalition government) and Member of the House of Commons. Under the title: “Kucuk is continuously holding contacts”, the paper writes that no statements were made after the meeting, which was held at the House of Commons of the British Parliament.

Moreover, Kucuk and his spouse attended a lunch yesterday hosted in their honor by the Turkish Ambassador to London Unal Cevikoz. In the afternoon he had various meetings with officials of Turkish NGO’s in London.

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