“very Denktasist” Akinci’s decision not to participate in German Embassy’s reception

Writing in his column in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (19.11.15) today, columnist Serhat Incirli describes as “very Denktasist” Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s stance not to participate in the reception hosted by the German Embassy to Nicosia in the honor of the German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier, who was visiting the island. Incirli reports, inter alia, the following:
“[…] Was Akinci expecting to be invited as ‘TRNC president’? Or did he believe that Anastasiades should have been invited with the capacity of the ‘leader’ by an Ambassador of a state? I do not think so. If he was expecting this, he is either very humorist or there is definitely a very dangerous virus, which remained in the palace from late Denktas’ time and had infected Talat also at a time, and could deal a blow to the solution! The German Ambassador behaves as ‘head of state’ to the head of state of a country in which he is carrying out an official duty. We are not anyway in the UN negotiations! We will not sit at the table and negotiate! In short, [what is] Akinci’s stance? It is very ‘Denktasist’…”
Furthermore, writing in her column in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (19.11.15), columnist Cigdem Durust describes as “very emotional” what she calls as Akinci’s “sensitivity”. She recalls that the same behavior had been exhibited by late Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas and former Turkish Cypriot leaders Dervis Eroglu and Mehmet Ali Talat from time to time. “Do we not have a lot of experiences which show that we could reach nowhere with such point of view”, she wonders recalling that for many years those who had been criticizing late Rauf Denktas were saying that with his behavior he was not giving the Turkish Cypriots the opportunity to hold contacts and explain their problems. “Is it not a similar behavior this one now”, she asks adding that she is very ‘confused”.
“Nevertheless, I am at ease because the invitation was not related to the Cyprus problem or the negotiating process”, she notes.


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