Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu visited the Karpas peninsula, in the northeastern tip of Cyprus, as a “colonial-era” Minister and with his “racist and anti-solution” statements, showed where the real interest of the AKP government in Cyprus lie, says the Turkish Cypriot Trade Union Platform in an announcement.

Çavuşoğlu arrived last weekend in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus for an illegal visit. Speaking during an event, in the Karpas peninsula, he announced that Ankara plans to open a “consulate” in Turkish-occupied Famagusta.

Through these statements it became obvious that Turkish Cypriots possess no political will and Turkey is the one who is making decisions for them, the platform says. Turkey shows that it wants to keep up with its conqueror and colonial-era politics in the 21st century, the announcement continues.

It also says that the meeting in Karpas peninsula, where Çavuşoğlu addressed a crowd of people calling them “my fellow citizens”, served a political purpose in favour of parties that were founded by the “Turkish Embassy” in the Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

According to the Turkish Cypriot Trade Union Platform, the building where the “consulate” will be housed belongs to Tel-Sen trade union and is another manifestation of Turkey’s expansionist and colonialist-style politics, while proving that the Turkish Cypriot administration only serves as a puppet regime.

It must be understood that Cyprus is our homeland, it is our duty to reunify the country, to oppose colonialists and to seek a solution and peace, the announcement goes on.

The platform finally calls on political parties that remain silent to “oppose colonialists” and take up their responsibilities.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

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