“The Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus is working on legal regulations to grant citizenship only to children of mixed marriages, without formalizing foreign parents who entered illegally.” KESÇH again emphasizes the importance of diplomacy with the Republic of Cyprus. (EN)

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According to the information we received from the Phileleftheros newspaper in the Republic of Cyprus, 3-year-old Carlos, who has Greek Cypriot and Cameroonian parents, is not given citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus because his Cameroonian parent entered the island through the ‘TRNC’, that is, illegally. As you know, this issue is the issue of mixed marriage that we, as the Mixed Marriage Problem Solution Movement, have been trying to solve for more than 1.5 years. Although the little boy lives in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus, his mother cannot pass on him citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus; because his father entered the island illegally with settler status.
Constantinos Ioannou, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, also stated that this problem is not specific to a single child, but that many children are affected, especially thousands of children of mixed marriages born from marriages between Turkish Cypriots and settlers. Ioannou said that they wanted to solve the mixed marriage problem not only for Carlos but for all Cypriots; However, the Republic of Cyprus has stated that if citizenship is granted to underage children of mixed marriages, without making changes to the local Citizenship Law, the automatic path to citizenship will be opened to foreign parents who enter the island of Cyprus illegally.
In our opinion, it is possible that the Republic of Cyprus will be cautious in granting citizenship to spouses; Because it is obvious that when spouses begin to be granted automatic citizenship, malicious activities such as fake marriages in exchange for money in the north of the island will pave the way for potential abuse of the system.
However, Interior Minister Ioannou chose not to shelve this special situation and the issue of mixed marriage. A new policy and ways to comprehensively address the issue are being sought so that children with mixed marriage problems can access their citizenship without legalizing the spouses. In this regard, Mr. Minister has already held two meetings with the relevant department to investigate ways in the existing legislation or to make changes to the law if necessary.
As the Mixed Marriage Problem Solution Movement, we have always said that it is important to cooperate with the Republic of Cyprus and establish bureaucratic connections, that this problem can only be solved by reaching a diplomatic compromise, and that Citizenship Laws are under the sovereignty of the states. For this reason, we reiterate the importance of establishing healthy and constructive connections with the Republic of Cyprus, and we continue to work in the background for the citizenship rights of children with mixed marriage problems. We strive to establish healthy and constructive connections with the Republic of Cyprus.

For those who want more detailed information, I am adding the link to the Phileleftheros newspaper at the end of the article. Nowadays, facts can be highly distorted on social media, so the importance of obtaining news from real sources is increasing. You can follow the statements made on our official accounts to learn the truth about the developments on the mixed marriage issue.

https://in-cyprus.philenews.com/local/cypriot-children-of-mixed-marriages-face-citizenship-limbo/

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