When the United Nations returned again to the Cyprus issue on Wednesday (10 November), Turkey told the General Assembly that it did not have "even the remotest notion" of annexing or partitioning Cyprus.
CU Turkish U.N. permanent representative, Ilter Turkmen, addressing General Assembly
TURKMEN: Mr. Christophides on the one hand complains about the establishment of a state structure. And on the other hand, pretends that the Turkish community is a pawn under the control of Ankara. It should be obvious to him by now that the Turkish community has achieved setting up a democratic society with all its processes and institutions. He has himself referred to some criticism in the Turkish Cypriot press against the Turkish Cypriot leadership and Turkey. He should known that in a free and democratic society criticism is a way of life. And that it is impossible for puppets to govern such a society. President Denktash, who presides over the Turkish Cypriot leadership, has been elected by 76.61 per cent majority in free elections, in which four candidates contested on June 20, 1976. The freely elected leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community carries out the policies which have been overwhelmingly supported by the Turkish Cypriot people in accordance with the mandate it has been given.
The Turkish Cypriot leadership is authorised by and responsible to only its people, as is the case in democratic societies. The Greek Cypriot leadership, therefore, would be better advised to accept that its counterpart on the island is exclusively the Turkish community. In this connection I would like to affirm emphatically on behalf of the government of Turkey that any solution acceptable to the Turkish community is unquestionably and ipso facto acceptable to Turkey. Certain questions which the representative of the Greek Cypriot community raised in connection with missing or displaced persons, situations of the Greek Cypriots in the north, colonisation and so forth, fall under the competence of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus, who is the sole authority in northern Cyprus. Therefore I cannot presume to address myself to these issues. Had the Turkish community been accorded an equal, or at least a fair participation in this debate, I am sure these points would have been sufficiently elucidated."
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Background: When the United Nations returned again to the Cyprus issue on Wednesday (10 November), Turkey told the General Assembly that it did not have "even the remotest notion" of annexing or partitioning Cyprus. Mr. Ilter Turkmen, the permanent Turkish representative, denied allegations made on Monday (8 November) by the Cypriot Foreign Minister, Mr. John Christophides, that Turkey sought to occupy the whole of the island.