Erdogan Says No Cyprus Reunity Without Turkish-Cypriot Parity

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci review a military honor guard during Erdogan's arrival in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of Cyprus' divided capital Nicosia, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA — Visiting the occupied northern third of Cyprus his country has occupied since an unlawful 1974 invasion, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said reunification talks won’t start again unless Turkish-Cypriots get equal treatment despite being a minority.

Erdogan said he thinks the mindset of Cypriots remains unchanged from when the latest effort to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus collapsed in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana when he said he wouldn’t remove an army and wanted the right to militarily intervene when he wanted.

Winning re-election in June 24 snap polls he called that gave him near-dictatorial powers, he came to visit Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci in the self-declared Republic that no other country in the world recognizes.

Erdogan said he won’t allow Turkish-Cypriots to become victims of failed attempts at a peace deal or to be reduced to a minority in a Greek Cypriot-dominated state where they represent only 18-21 percent of the population.

He also said he won’t let Turkish-Cypriots take part in another open-ended peace process and he plans to explain that to a United Nations official who will visit Cyprus later this month to discuss changes of rebooting talks that have failed for decades.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci review a military honor guard during Erdogan’s arrival in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot northern part of Cyprus’ divided capital Nicosia, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Erdogan and Akinci met and then talked to reporters with the Turkish leader saying the Cyprus problem is a “national matter” for his country and as he blamed the Cypriots for intransigence for not agreeing to his demands.

“Unfortunately the Greek Cypriot side insists on a position that is far removed from the spirit of sharing and cooperation,” Akinci said, Kathimerini reported.

Just before landing at an airport in the Capital of Nicosia on the portion occupied by Turkey he tweeted that, “Turkey will never let the Turkish Cypriots become a minority in a Greek Cypriot state,” even though they are, demographically.

He has continued to keep in place warships off the island in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) where international energy companies are licensed to drill for oil and gas and said unless Turkish-Cypriots share in the licensing and any prospective revenues that they would authorize drilling in the same areas.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci hake hands after a press conference and their meeting in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot northern part of Cyprus’ divided capital Nicosia, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. This is Erdogan’s first official visit to the north since being sworn in as Turkey’s first executive president with sweeping powers. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

6 Comments

  1. There will be no Cypriot unity
    Without Turkish Cypriot parity
    But, an integrated community
    Will cause such great disparity.

    Just before landing at an airport in the Capital of Nicosia on the portion occupied by Turkey he tweeted that, “Turkey will never let the Turkish Cypriots become a minority in a Greek Cypriot state,” even though they are, demographically.

  2. The big danger for the Greeks there would be any reunification deal that would allow a lot of additional Turks to move in from Asia Minor and swamp the entire island.

      1. Because Turks from Asia Minor already have moved to the Turkish-held zone in the northern part of Cyprus. How many? The numbers are unclear, but one source has given the figure of 120,000.

        Would a peace deal for the whole island allow unlimited future numbers of Turks to move to points throughout Cyprus? This is a BIG deal.

  3. Exactly, as we have seen if they are the Minority they need to be protected and an invasion to protect them..so a flood of them will be the same, they are now the majority so that means they should own, rule and be in charge????? Still separate can not be tolerated the entire island is cyprus, other groups are there, Turkish, Armenian, English etc..There are small numbers of greeks and cypriot greeks in England does that mean they own the U.K. NO…Greeks have their own nation, Ellas, with Enosis of Kypros just another greek island. Case solved…was the original intent after independence..get back on track…

    1. Enosis? With the total Turkish population living in northern Cyprus (including Turkish Asia Minor immigrants) now numbering over 300,000, all of them hostile to Enosis, backed up by Turkey (and indirectly by the US and Britain), this is not a feasible idea.

      Even if the nation of Greece wanted to try this, and even if no outside intervention occurred from Turkey, those 300,000 Turks now in Cyprus would make themselves indigestible. Forget it.

      Enosis is a lost cause. Greeks these days must concentrate on keeping what they still do have. In the case of Cyprus, that means keeping the current partition arrangement, even though it was begun with horrible atrocities.

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