The claim that I had told Lord Bethell that I was upset with the alleged changes in the demography of the island is not true. What I did tell him was that there was no substance in the allegations that Prime Minister Dervis Eroglu is issuing citizenships to newcomers from Turkey and underlined this by telling him that, in view of the fact that I am in opposition to the Prime Minister, there was no chance of allowing him to manipulate such an issue.
There is no reason for being upset about those people who came to Cyprus 20 years ago and who have integrated with us and are now part and parcel of our citizens. I told Lord Bethell that at the Greek Cypriot side there are more than 90,000 settlers from Greece and other countries and that no one was mentioning anything about this.
RAUF R. DENKTASH
Turkish Republic of
Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus
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