Columnist Gokhan Altiner in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (10.08.17) reports that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given an instruction for strengthening and speeding up the economy of the breakaway regime in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus. “We do not know how correct this information is, but it is understood that we will enter into the period of arranging the inside of our home after the failure of the solution process which has become seriously difficult”, he argues.
Altiner recalls statements made by Turkish Cypriot leader Akinci, who has been saying recently that “we should arrange the inside of our house and we should be strengthened economically” and notes that this “is in harmony with Erdogan’s instruction”. He further reports that the “financial protocol” signed between Turkey and the breakaway regime is not implemented and this is why the money flow from Turkey has almost stopped. According to Altiner, the regime’s economy would come to a deadlock without Turkey’s support.
Referring to the situation in the occupied area of Cyprus after the failure of the talks in Crans Montana, Altiner argues that a bigger support than ever exists for the “TRNC” and that every one out of two Akinci’s statements “is shaped on the existence and the continuation of the existence of the TRNC”. He claims that this derives from Akinci’s anger towards President Anastasiades and the Greek Cypriots.