Under the title “Umbilical cord”, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (21.07.17) publishes a commentary by columnist Sami Ozuslu, who assesses the statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci that the “embargoes” imposed on the Turkish Cypriots should be lifted and the reference by President Anastasiades to an “umbilical cord” between Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots which should be cut off. The columnist notes, inter alia, the following:
“[…] Is an ’embargo’ or ‘isolation’ imposed on the Turkish Cypriots? Yes, it is imposed. However, the Greek Cypriots are not the only responsible for this. UN Security Council’s Resolutions exist. And mainly the one in 1964. The ‘only legal state’ in Cyprus is the Republic of Cyprus. However, in spite of this, in the period after 1974, in many fields the Turkish Cypriots were not punished with an embargo. For example, in the exports there was no serious problem. Until when? Until the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in 1990. What was the reason for ECJ? The fact that the seal used for years was changed, the insistence that we will seal the export documents with the ‘seal of the TRNC’ and make the world accept the TRNC, led trade and therefore the production into an irrevocable darkness. Moreover, the ECJ process had not been followed adequately. It was as if there was a wish for having a decision against [us]. It was as if the then Turkish Cypriot leadership and Turkey were exerting efforts for the Turkish Cypriots to be punished with an embargo. And in the end this is what happened. While those who after the ECJ decision laid down on the propaganda that ‘the world does not understand us’ distanced the Turkish Cypriots a little bit more from the world, their umbilical cord with Turkey was inversely proportionally strengthened. Now ‘all roads lead to Ankara’ anymore!
All roads lead to Ankara but on the issue called ’embargo in sports’ the Turkish Cypriots stopped and are waiting in an impasse. While the Turkish teams were able to carry out sporting events with teams from Turkey, together with the TRNC’s declaration, a version of the ‘from Turk to Turk’ campaign’s embargo entered into effect. While once Fenerbahce, Cimbom [Translator’s note: This is how they call Galatasaray], Besiktas and other Turkish teams did not play again on this island with their ‘sweat suits’. […]”