Türkiye and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) continued their joint workout routines in northern Cyprus on Wednesday as a part of the Martyr Ensign Caner Gönyeli-2023 Search and Rescue Invitation Train.
The naval part of the train, whose major goal is to safeguard the rights and pursuits of each Türkiye and the TRNC within the Japanese Mediterranean, noticed the lively participation of each civilian and army components.
The train is known as in honor of Lt. Caner Gönyeli, who tragically misplaced his life on the ship TCG Kocatepe through the Cyprus Peace Operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) on July 21, 1974.
Commencing on Tuesday, the two-day drill started with the land part carried out in Kyrenia, also referred to as Girne in Turkish, a city located on the northern coast of Cyprus.
The train goals to contribute to the formal recognition and consolidation of the TRNC’s sovereignty whereas additionally elevating public consciousness relating to the importance of search and rescue operations and area boundaries.
A soldier participates in a joint army train, TRNC, Oct. 24, 2023. (AA Picture)
The naval part of the train has hosted 13 army representatives from six nations, together with Azerbaijan, Djibouti, Kosovo, Qatar, Libya and Pakistan, who’re attending as observers. The ocean part of the train will conclude with a search and rescue operation carried out throughout the framework of a typical state of affairs, happening outdoors the territorial waters of the TRNC within the Turkish Search and Rescue Area, off the coast of Gazimağosa (Famagusta).
The island case
The island of Cyprus has been embroiled in a decadeslong battle between its two communities, the Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Starting within the Sixties, ethnic assaults compelled Turkish Cypriots to retreat to enclaves for his or her well-being. In 1974, a coup with aspirations of Greece’s annexation triggered a army intervention by Türkiye, intensifying the battle.
The protracted dispute has continued for years, prompting quite a few worldwide endeavors to resolve. For years, the United Nations has striven to attain an entire settlement on the Cyprus drawback, providing a reconciliation technique for a federation and financing peace negotiations that in the end failed.
Whereas Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration assist the U.N.’s proposal for a federal Greek Cypriot administration, the TRNC and its guarantor, Türkiye, have persistently known as for a two-state resolution, emphasizing that the Turkish Cypriots’ sovereign equality and equal worldwide standing are non-negotiable.
As a guarantor energy, Türkiye conflicts with its Aegean neighbor Greece over the Cyprus drawback and fuel and oil exploration rights of their shared waters.