Turkish State Minister & Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc said that there would be no shortage in Turkey's assistance to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
We all want Turkish Cypriots to have permanent peace in the island, said Arinc who commented on recent incidents in TRNC and Turkey's Cyprus policy during an interview in private CNN Turk TV channel on Friday.
In a demonstration to protest austerity measures late January, a group of Turkish Cypriots, which the Turkish government believes have links to Greek Cyprus, chanted anti-Turkey slogans, asking the country not to interfere in their affairs. "Ankara, we don't want your money or [austerity] package," protesters wrote on banners.
Turkey pledged to extend a financial assistance of 880 million Turkish lira to North Cyprus in 2011. 350 million TL of the assistance will be used to close the budget deficit.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, diplomatic officials said that Halil Ibrahim Akca, the head of technical delegation for TRNC, would replace Turkish ambassador in Lefkosa Kaya Turkmen. The reason for replacement is to coordinate assistances to TRNC from a single office, officials said.
Arinc said regarding the demonstrations that the protestors should have protected the sensitivities about the matter.
He noted that more than 800 million Turkish lira was donated for development of TRNC. (one USD equals 1.593 TL)
Noting that Turkey was exerting its all efforts to bring permanent solution to Cyprus problem and pursuing Cyprus talks, Arinc said that TRNC was a part of Turkey, adding that Turkey wanted a permanent peace in the island.
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