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Turkish Cyprus President’s mandate set to change

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When Cyprus intercommunal talks started in 1968, the target of Turkish Cypriots in the process was to negotiate “local autonomy.”

At the time, the partnership rights of Turkish Cypriots in the Cyprus Republic were usurped by force of arms, immense atrocities and the Turkish population of 103 Turkish-populated or mixed villages were rendered as refugees. Those talks faltered in 1971, resumed in 1972, almost reached a deal in 1973 but were not allowed by the Makarios administration to succeed on the grounds that the Turkish Cypriots never ever agreed to termination of the guarantor status of Turkey and withdrawal of some 650 Turkish troops deployed on the island as part of the guarantee system together with 900 Greek troops.

Atrocities committed on the Turkish Cypriot population were so fresh. Unilateral constitutional amendments were just made, Turkish Cypriot rights were just usurped, effective federal character of the Cyprus Republic was replaced with an all-Greek system. Yet, President Makarios and his government that occupied the seat of the government contrary to the constitution and the founding agreements, were expecting Turkish Cypriots to give up Turkey’s guarantee, send back Turkish troops and render themselves totally defenseless against attacks by Greek Cypriots who aimed to totally cleanse the island from Turks,........

© Hürriyet Daily News