Ankara plays ball


By Esra Aygin

New Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, emerged unscathed from his first official visit to Ankara after he openly challenged decades of a submissive relations with Turkey and demanded the restoration of Turkish Cypriot dignity.

Contrary to expectations, Akinic’s visit did not signal a new crisis in relations with Ankara.

His visit to Ankara on Wednesday was deemed an important indicator as to what Turkey’s stance would be in the face of a significant transformation within the Turkish Cypriot community as well as the reunification process.

The visit took place a week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Akinci that “his ears should hear what his mouth is saying” in response to the new leader’s call for a “relationship between brothers” with Turkey rather than one of a “motherland” and a “baby land”.

But Erdogan and the Turkish Cypriot leader were poised for a positive start as they confirmed mutual desire for a solution in Cyprus and agreed to cooperate to this end.

During the press conference that followed the meeting between Akinci and Erdogan………..

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  1. FionaMullenFionaMullen said:

    Very interesting article on Akinci-Erdogan. Anyone know if Esra is on twitter? #Cyprus

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