Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgurgun on Sunday slammed the Greek Cypriot parliament's recent decision to introduce 1950 'Enosis (Union) day' celebrations in schools.
The Greek Cypriot parliament voted Friday to introduce in public schools a yearly commemoration of the 1950 referendum when 96 percent of Greek Cypriots voted for the island to be annexed to Greece.
Özgurgun said in a written statement that the move was "the most severe blow" on the ongoing negotiations over the reunification of the island, and "the clearest evidence of the Greek side's desire to own the whole island".
"There can be no other explanation for the parliament's approval of a proposal made by three deputies who take every opportunity to display their animosity towards Turks, and a racist minority in that parliament," he said.
The premier added that if the negotiations were to continue without this decision being annulled, it would not only be a waste of time, but also "a disrespect to all parties who contribute positively to the process".
The issue of reunification of Cyprus remains unsolved despite a series of discussions which resumed in May 2015.
The main goal is to find a political solution as the sides seek to reunify the island under a federal system after more than 40 years of division.
The eastern Mediterranean island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the north and a Greek Cypriot administration in the south after a 1974 military coup was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power.
Cyprus' three guarantors -- Turkey, Greece, and Great Britain -- were assigned when it gained independence from the U.K. in 1960.
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