Turkish Cypriot daily Afrika newspaper (04.12.15) reports that Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu has asked for the “citizenship” of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus to be granted to another 26,500 settlers from Turkey.
Citing information published in Turkish Cypriot Gazete360 newspaper (online), the paper notes that Davutoglu demanded this from Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, so-called prime minister, Omer Kalyoncu and self-styled assembly “speaker”, Sibel Siber during his recent illegal visit to the occupied area of the island, arguing that these persons are being “unjustly treated”. It is reported thatAkinci rejected this demand saying that these new “citizenships” will destroy the negotiating process aiming at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
The issue has reportedly come onto the agenda during the meeting of Republican Turkish Party’s (CTP) council last night and created great discomfort. CTP officials said they had not been informed of such a number.
“During a period when 10,000 persons are waiting for their turn to become citizens, Davutoglu’s asking for more was the last straw”, writes the paper.
Meanwhile, citing sources close to President Anastasiades, the paper reports that the sides had agreed that the population of the Turkish Cypriots after the solution should be 220,000, but Akinci now wants 50,000 more. Moreover, on the issue of the cell phone network it is said that Akinci insists on having a separate code. The paper asks whether these allegations are true.