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Northern Cyprus: On the Way to Independence?2012-03-07 14:29
The media of Northern Cyprus is raging. They do not fail to accuse and even insults Egemen Bagis, Turkey's State Minister for the EU affairs. On the eve, the politician told reporters that the government considered all options for resolving the unstable situation in Cyprus, but since there is no progress in this direction, the possibility of the accession of North Cyprus to Turkey cannot be excluded. This announcement came as a bombshell.
As it turns out, during nearly forty years the Turkish Cypriots have been cherishing the idea of living in an independent state. Turkey is seen as an ally and patron, but not as a mother country.
Prime Minister of the country, Irsen Kucuk, has supported Egemen Bagis. "If our negotiations reach an impasse, it would be necessary to consider other options, and we would decide this issue together with Turkey. It is good that the Minister for EU affairs has voiced the idea of other options", Kucuk said.
The situation of recent years shows that among the Turkish Cypriots there are different models of the future. One of the surveys, held in the northern part of the island not long ago, has shown that 51% of the population was for the accession to Turkey. But another part of the population is against. However, according to experts, there is a third option - the supporters of accession to Greek Cyprus.
Statement by the Turkish officials has caused a real political crisis in Northern Cyprus. One of the opposition newspaper Yeni duzen ("New Order"), appealing to the leader of Northern Cyprus, Dervis Erogly and to the Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk, has written: "Either answer, or leave". Another opposition edition with a strange name "Africa" has simply told the Turkish Minister Egemen Bagis to go to hell.
After learning about the scandal, Turkish Minister for European Affairs hastened to comment his own words. "The people heard what they wanted. But the most surprising for me is that it turns out that in Cyprus there are people who sympathize with the Greeks. In fact, our only goal is to resolve the Cyprus issue as soon as possible, taking into account the interests of the people. And if we fail to achieve a result, then, let no one expect us to leave Cyprus alone with its problems", Bagis said.
Of course, both the Greek part of Cyprus and the EU have heard this statement by the Turkish Minister. But the cautious European politicians are avoiding specific comments. "As for the issue of Cyprus, the EU has a sole solution. This is the bicommunal island, which in the political terms must exist on the basis of consolidation and bizonal federation. The parties should focus all their efforts to achieve a comprehensive resolution of the issue", the EU Commissioner Stefan Fule said.