British Parliamentarians congratulate President Ersin Tatar over his election victory
British Parliamentarians have congratulated President Ersin Tatar following his election.
A letter, signed by The Lord Northbrook, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (APPG-TRNC), said that the group sent the letter of “congratulation following your election as President”.
The letter also expresses a wish for President Tatar to visit London again, following his successful visit last year when Mr Tatar had visited the British capital as Prime Minister, and addressed a meeting held in the Parliament to explain his policy on the sovereign equality of two States.
“We will follow with interest the Two State solution you have proposed,” the letter states.
In response, President Tatar expressed his “heartfelt gratitude” for the work undertaken by the APPG-TRNC over the years in “standing up to the injustices and inhumane isolation on the Turkish Cypriot people”.
“I place great importance on the need for consistent coordinated lobbying in the UK and exploring new possibilities in the fields of trade and direct flights post Brexit – matters which I took up, amongst other issues, with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab during his recent visit to the island,” President Tatar stated in his letter.
“The Turkish Cypriot side, unanimously supported by Turkey, is putting forward a position that any sustainable and realistic settlement in Cyprus has to be based on sovereign equality of two States that are in co-existence side-by-side, where they enjoy a relationship of cooperation,” he added.
President Tatar, citing the failures to reach a settlement in the Annan Plan of 2004 and in Crans Montana, Switzerland, in 2017, stated that “negotiations for a federal settlement has been exhausted through no fault of the Turkish Cypriot side, but due to the to the intransigent and hegemonic aspiration of the Greek Cypriot side and its refusal to share power and prosperity”.
President Tatar reiterated the “great importance” in the efforts of British Parliamentarians in the APPG-TRNC, and expressed his hope to visit the UK at the earliest opportunity.