Turkish Deputy Premier and State Minister Cemil Cicek on Monday attended an award ceremony in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) as part of his visit to celebrate July 20th Peace and Freedom Day.
Cicek delivered a speech at the ceremony held for the 14th Service to the Turkic World Awards, presenting award to the Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu for his "resolute stance in defence" of the Turkish Cypriot state.
"Turkish peoples are not aware enough of the greatness of the Turkish world they are living in. We need to generate that awareness and in this sense, the gathering of this meeting here in the TRNC is of special importance," Cicek said.
Also delivering a speech at the ceremony, the Turkish Cypriot president said he was honored to have received the award.
Eroglu said Turkey is the only country to recognize the TRNC as an independent state, adding that the TRNC lived under unjust embargoes.
"Imposing embargoes on the Turkish Cypriot people just because they have founded their own independent state is against human rights," Eroglu said.
"July 20 Peace and Freedom Day" celebrations kicked off in the TRNC on Monday with an inauguration speech delivered by President Eroglu on Bayrak TV channel at 12.00 hours.
The sun of freedom that rose in the morning of July 20, 36 years ago, enlightens us and we believe that it will enlighten us forever, Eroglu said.
We will not be satisfied with what we have and will go on on our path. You should not demoralize yourselves, President Eroglu stressed.
We have taken all precautions needed with the support of Turkey and I am confident that tomorrow will be much better than today, Eroglu said.
Just as in the past, the government of Motherland Turkey pays high attention to the welfare and security of the Turkish Cypriot people. With the transfer of 75 million cubic meters of potable water and energy from Turkey to the TRNC, the relevant sectors will gain a new momentum, Eroglu underlined.
As long as the Greek Cypriot side is regarded as the "Republic of Cyprus", it would be difficult for the Greek Cypriots to share in a fair way the distribution of authority in the island, Eroglu said.
Looking at the issue from this perspective, the international community must do what it has to do. By this, I mean that peace and an agreement depend on the attitude of the world and the Greek Cypriot side, Eroglu said.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2010, 15:50