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Azerbaijan Moves Toward Recognizing Turkish-Cypriot Occupied Side – First Country To Do So Apart from Turkey

NICOSIA – Aided by Turkish drones knocking out Armenian tanks in a war it won, Azerbaijan set up a parliamentary relations group with the self-declared Turkish-Cypriot republic on the northern third of the island seized in unlawful 1974 invasions.

It was called an “historic decision” and “a step toward the diplomatic recognition process of the TRNC,” the acronym for the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which no other country in the world apart from Turkey accepts as legitimate.

Turkish-Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, who has rejected reunification and has demanded recognition of the isolated side by the United Nations, hailed the move, said the news site Turkiye Newspaper, as he hailed it.

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The Chairperson of the Azerbaijan-TRNC Parliamentary Relations Working Group, Cavansir Feyziyev said: “The relations between Azerbaijan and the TRNC will set an example for other Turkic states, and we expect similar steps to be taken in the Turkic republics of Central Asia.”

If so, that would be a small boost to the Turkish-Cypriots as the 50th anniversary of the invasions is coming this summer, and a jolt to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ hopes of having the island brought together again.

The legitimate Greek-Cypriot government is a member of the European Union that Turkey has fruitlessly been trying to join since 2005, prospects worsening under the authoritarian government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Feyziyevs said that, “The TRNC will one day join the United Nations as a member among independent states. Every Turk living in the TRNC has the right to this. It is the duty of every Turkic state, every Turkic person to stand by them in their legitimate cause.”

Turkey’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Cahit Bagci said, “These steps will undoubtedly eliminate the isolations towards the TRNC by the international community. There is a Turkish state there. No one can ignore the Turkish presence in Cyprus.”

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