Northern Cyprus in crisis of government – YUSUF KANLI – Hurriyet

Map of the districts of Cyprus, with English a...

Map of the districts of Cyprus, with English annotations, and showing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas, and United Nations buffer zone. The TRNC section illustrates the current de facto district boundaries following this map as a guide. The northern districts are labelled in Turkish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hurriyet, the leading Turkish newspaper reports that the left-right grand coalition government in northern Cyprus has collapsed due to its failure to deliver on exactly what it promised to do in the first place: undertake long-overdue reforms and achieve the restructuring of the Turkish Cypriot public administration

Source: Northern Cyprus in crisis of government – YUSUF KANLI

This is bad news for Northern Cyprus and for the proposed political solution with Greek Cyprus. It will potentially impact the whole of the Eastern Mediterranean, including offshore oil and gas development.

The article is written from the stance of Turkey as the benevolent protector but some of the insights are important. The attitude of the north Cyprus municipalities to the water pipeline from Turkey is unbelievable, putting narrow self-interest first.

Thoughts?

One response

  1. Dr. Alf brings us an excellent article from the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet via Yousaf Kali which illustrates how near and how far the 2 Cypriot leaderships are apart in relation to solving the Cyprus problem.
    Cyprus is important strategically to the Western powers and to Russia and China but it is not overpopulated so there ought to be enough water for everyone without the need for Greek Cyprus to build desalinisation plants. The same applies to oil and natural gas,there is more than enough for everyone ,there is no need for greed and as the price of oil starts to go up again there is an opportunity.
    There are serious political differences and memories do go back to the early 1950’s and the time of Archbishop Makarios and what the British called the “Cyprus Question” in its brutal campaign to suppress Eoka terrorists and even 1974 when Turkey, unopposed by Britain annexed Northern Cyprus by force of arms. However, Cyprus and its backers in Turkey and Athens need to create some sort of rapprochement for the future by considering the young and not creating a situation where older and wealthier people who have chosen to live there simply up sticks and go to more politically stable and inviting environments.

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