Turkish State Minister and Government Spokesperson Cemil Cicek has said Turkey extended an average of 600 million U.S. dollars to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) every year.
"The maximum contribution Turkey's past governments have made to the TRNC was around 200 million USD a year. But now our government is making an average of 600 million USD in aid every year," Cicek told reporters in response to a question at a press briefing after a meeting of the Council of Ministers on Monday.
Relations between Turkey and the TRNC saw tensions heightened after a mass demonstration on January 28 in Lefkosa, when a group of Turkish Cypriots protested an austerity package backed by Ankara.
Turkey has reacted severely to the January protest and to the demonstrators who chanted slogans calling Turkey to "get its hands off the Turkish Cypriots."
Responding to separate question over a prospective Turkish Cypriot demonstration scheduled for March 2, Cicek said, the planned demonstration was not discussed in today's meeting of the Council of Ministers.
"Whether that rally is held or not. That is not something which needs our clearance or approval. TRNC is a democratic country. We just expressed our reaction to false accusations which Turkey never deserved," Cicek said.
"The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is the government which has made the greatest contributions to the TRNC in politics, diplomacy and economy since 1974," Cicek said.
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