Erdogan calls for international recognition of Turkish Cypriot entity

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During his address to the UN General Assembly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called upon the international community to acknowledge the Turkish-administered northern region of Cyprus as an independent state.

“We appeal to the international community to acknowledge the TRNC’s [sic] sovereignty and establish diplomatic, political, and economic relations with this nation,” he stated, using an abbreviation for the breakaway entity recognised solely by Turkey, reported Ekathimerini.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Anadolu Ajansı.

In reference to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Erdogan also conveyed that Turkey expects impartiality from the UN peacekeeping mission on the island. He emphasized the need to safeguard the reputation of the UN body, which has faced previous reputational challenges in Cyprus.

Erdogan articulated a firm stance on Azerbaijan’s military action in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

“Karabakh rightfully belongs to Azerbaijan,” he declared, accusing Armenia of not seizing historic opportunities. “We stand by Azerbaijan and support their efforts to protect territorial integrity, as we operate under the principle of one nation, two states.”

The Turkish president also emphasized the necessity for the European Union to promptly fulfill its commitments to Turkey, underscoring that hesitancy towards Turkey must come to an end.

Source: Ekathimerini

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