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Resolution Adopted By The Legislative Assembly of The TRNC March 9, 1998

The Legislative Assembly of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus with the aim of maintaining peace and stability in Cyprus and in the region, resolves to draw the attention of the international community to the foregoing points.

The partnership Republic established in Cyprus in 1960, based on the existence of two equal peoples with separate rights to self-determination, was destroyed in 1963 by force of arms by the Greek Cypriot partner of the Republic in order to convert it into a Greek Cypriot Republic. Since that date, there has not been a joint administration with the right or the authority to represent both peoples or the island as a whole and the legitimacy of the Republic of Cyprus has seized to exist. The Turkish Cypriot people have ruled themselves since 1963 and protected their basic rights and status; their political equality; their rights to self-determination and sovereignty, provided for by international Treaties as well as the Treaty rights and obligations of motherland Turkey together with the Turkish-Greek balance thus created over Cyprus; as the basic elements of the their existence.

The 1960 partnership Republic was destroyed by force of arms by the Greek Cypriot side in 1963. The Turkish Cypriot side which was forcefully ejected from the government, the state authority and the parliament, never recognized the illegal writ of the Greek Cypriot side which had usurped the title of "the government of Cyprus" and, first set up its own administration, and subsequently established the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus based on the sovereign will of the Turkish Cypriot people. In South Cyprus, a Greek Cypriot administration exists. The attempts of this administration, to usurp the title and status of the partnership it has destroyed and to act on behalf of the whole of Cyprus do not confer legitimacy upon it. Indeed, just as the said administration has no right to apply for membership, on behalf of the Turkish Cypriot people or the whole of Cyprus, to the European Union or to any other international union or organization or to enter into agreements binding the Turkish Cypriots, the acceptance as legitimate and the processing of such an application and the resulting agreements are totally unacceptable. Furthermore, in accordance with the 1960 Agreements, Cyprus cannot join, in whole or in part, any international union or organization in which Turkey and Greece are not both members. Therefore, the TRNC will not,under any circumstances, take part in the membership process the EU commenced with the Greek Cypriot administration.

The Turkish Cypriot side is determined to show every effort towards establishing and maintaining a peaceful relationship between the two peoples and states in Cyprus. However, the policies pursued by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration prevent the realization of such a relationship. In fact, the furthering of the unilateral EU membership process by the Greek Cypriot administration contrary to the internal and the external balance created by the 1960 Agreements and accepted as a basic principle in the UN negotiating process, and its massive militarization campaign carried out under the pretext of strategic cooperation with Greece, coupled with the deployment of S-300 missiles and the opening of a military airbase for Greece in South Cyprus, stand testimony to the adventurous policies of the joint Greek-Greek Cypriot front. The decision of the EU taken at its Luxembourg Summit not only encourages these adventurous Greek-Greek Cypriot policies threatening peace and stability in the region, but has made the framework and the parameters for a solution in Cyprus, established through the negotiating process, totally inapplicable. Thus, the EU Luxembourg decision has created an environment which can easily lead to a new crisis in Cyprus.

Furthermore, the decision of the EU Luxembourg Summit to further the unilateral Greek Cypriot membership process and to exclude guarantor Turkey from the EU expansion process constitutes a historic error which not only denies the Turkish-Greek balance provided for by the 1960 Treaties but contradicts the rule of law and the relevant international agreements.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, with its democratic system, Legislative Assembly, government and independent judicial organs is an undeniable fact. The recognition or the non-recognition of this state does not change this reality. Denying this reality, on the other hand, does not serve the efforts for a peaceful solution in the island. It is imperative, therefore, that any future phase of negotiations be based on the reality of the existence of two states in Cyprus and the grave mistake of treating the Greek Cypriot administration as the government of the Turkish Cypriot people be stopped.

In the light of the situation that has arisen, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in cooperation with motherland Turkey, will act within the framework of the 20 January 1997 Joint Declaration and 20 July 1997 Joint Statement and take the steps it deems necessary in all fields to protect the sovereign equality and the rights and freedoms of the Turkish Cypriot people, to overcome the inhuman embargoes imposed on the TRNC and to provide for its economic development and prosperity.

The Turkish Cypriot people have always been for the establishment of relations based on peace, stability, mutual respect and cooperation. In the same understanding, the Turkish Cypriot people believe that the negotiations that might be conducted between the two peoples and states in Cyprus can be aimed at the maintenance of peace and the solution of the basic issues.