Cyprus problem solution is not reached because this does not suit Turkey’s interests

Turkish Cypriot columnist Serhat Incirli reports in his column in Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris newspaper (17.12.15) that the Cyprus problem has not been solved for so many years only because the solution did not suit Turkey’s interests. Noting that the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci was the hope of the community for finding a solution, Incirli argues that Akinci has been surrendered to Turkey and now he is saying different things comparing to what he was saying in the past. Pointing out that the options the Turkish Cypriots have are to either solve the Cyprus problem with a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation based on political equality or to annex the occupied area of the island to Turkey, the columnist writes, inter alia, the following:

“[…] Is the second option possible? It is not. Because they know that, that is not possible the non-solution continues and we are dying out. The solution of the Cyprus problem has not been realized for so many years, because this did not suit Turkey’s interests. […] Now Espen Barth Eide says that ‘Turkey wants a solution’ and tries to convince Anastasiades and consequently us for this. There is of course a possibility of Turkey wanting a solution, but in return for this, the price is very seriously high, in my view. I am honestly curious about how this big price will be settled. […]
Mustafa Akinci was the hope of a very large part of the society. I am still exerting serious efforts to continue having faith in the solution, but no guide is needed to a village that is already within sight. He has also been surrendered to Turkey. What he is saying on the issue of guarantees is different from what he was saying in the past. His stance regarding the citizenship of our brothers from Turkey is different than the one in the past. These are facts which the Greek Cypriots will not accept and have been strengthening the non-solution for years.

Even his relations with the administrators of Turkey are very different. Especially his position regarding Recep Tayyip Erdogan is surprising. […] Do you know what the reality is? This reality is that Anastasiades and Davutoglu meet and talk. Even if they deny it, the reality is that many issues, including the security and guarantees, are negotiated outside the negotiating table directly or indirectly between the Greek Cypriot side and Turkey, without the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriot leadership knowing about it. […]
It is true that Akinci is our last bullet for not dying out, but the course of things shows that when we compare his stance and statements today to the past, we will shoot our own foot with this bullet! And when this last bullet is shot, we will not remain ‘cripple’, we will die!”

PIO

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