Today: Saturday, 3 December 2022 year

Turkey announced the admission of Northern Cyprus to the Organization of Turkic States.

Turkey announced the admission of Northern Cyprus to the Organization of Turkic States.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has become an observer to the Organization of Turkic States, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Northern Cyprus was recognized only by Turkey.

“The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was accepted as an observer to the Organization of Turkic States,” Cavusoglu said.

The Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), established in 2009, decided to change its name to the Organization of Turkic States in November 2021 at the Istanbul Summit. The organization includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Hungary participate as observers.


Cyprus has been de facto divided between the Greek and Turkish communities since 1974 after the armed invasion of Turkey, provoked by a coup d’état in Cyprus and an attempt to annex the island to Greece. 37% of the territory of the island was occupied, on which the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed in 1983. Only Turkey recognized it.