The European Union, in a statement issued on Saturday, rejected Turkey’s statements regarding the acceptance of the Turkish Cypriot secessionist entity as an observer at the Organization of Turkish States.
“This decision, pending ratification by the members of the Organization, is regrettable and contradicts the fact that several members of the Organization have expressed their strong support for the principle of territorial integrity and the Charter of the United Nations” , said the European External Action Service.
“The EU has made it clear on several occasions, including at the highest political level, that it only recognizes the Republic of Cyprus as a subject of international law, in accordance with the respective United Nations Security Council resolutions”, a- he added.
“Any action aimed at facilitating or assisting in any way the international recognition of the secessionist Turkish Cypriot entity seriously undermines efforts to create an environment conducive to the resumption of settlement talks under the auspices of the United Nations.
“The EU is fully committed to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem on the basis of a bizonal and bicommunal federation with political equality, in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the EU acquis and to the principles on which the EU is founded. There is no alternative”, underlined the European External Action Service.
On Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced the presumed admission of the “TRNC” into the intergovernmental organization which aims to promote cooperation between Turkish-speaking states.
Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter that everything was developing “step by step”, referring to Ankara’s efforts to gain international recognition for the separatist state.
Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar also welcomed the decision.
However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, which is a member of the CTO, downplayed the Turkish statements.
(Update) Uzbek FM denies that the occupied north has obtained observer status with the Organization of Turkish States