Saner called on the Council of Europe: “Encourage the Greek Cypriots to rewrite their history books”
Date Added: 12 April 2019, 12:17

Stating that the statements and approaches involving hatred and discrimination should be avoided, UBP Deputy Hamza Ersan Saner called on the Council of Europe to encourage the Greek Cypriot side to rewrite their history books.

UBP Gazimağusa MP Hamza Ersan Saner, and CTP Güzelyurt MP Armağan Candan continued their contacts yesterday (11/04/2019) at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the General Assembly and Committee meetings which were held in Strasbourg, France between the dates of 8-12 April, 2019.

Saner observed the issue of the study of the compatibility of the quality of history books in the member countries of the Council of Europe at the meeting of Culture, Science, Education, and Media Committee which was held yesterday (11th April).

After the presentation, Saner emphasized the importance of conveying history to the younger generations and said that our history is an undeniable part of our culture, and identity.

Pointing out that the statements and the approaches that include hatred and discrimination about the history education should be avoided, Saner stated that such approaches are unacceptable.

Reiterating that the Council of Europe has recommended new approaches to history education on both sides of the island, Saner said that as Turkish Cypriots they do their utmost.

Saner noted that despite all international pressures the Greek Cypriots are still writing their history books containing hatred and discrimination willingly, and regret to say that the Greek Cypriot youth are still brought up as anti-Turk.

Saner also stated that the decision to celebrate the Enosis Day at schools, which was approved by the Greek Cypriot House of Representatives in Parliament in 2017, was extremely regrettable and he strongly protested this decision.

At the end of his speech, Saner called on the Council of Europe to encourage the Greek Cypriot members of the Council of Europe to rewrite their history books.