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Turkey commemorates founding father of Northern Cyprus

15:30 14-01-2019
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Turkey on Sunday commemorated the seventh death anniversary of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' founding father Rauf Denktas, who passed away in 2012, Anadolu Agency reports.

"I remember the founding President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and pioneer of Cyprus cause Rauf Denktas, at seventh anniversary of his death with respect and mercy," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter.

Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued a statement saying: "We respectfully commemorate the late Rauf Raif Denktas, the founding president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, on the seventh anniversary of his passing away."

The ministry said Denktas had devoted his entire life to the Turkish Cypriots' "dignified struggle for survival and freedom, defended the cause of the Turkish Cypriot people for rights, equality and liberty, in unity of mind and spirit with the Turkish motherland."

Denktas will always "retain his exceptional place in our hearts and minds, as a leader who left his mark on history," it added.