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Erdogan arrives in the occupied north of Cyprus

Erdogan arrives in the occupied north of Cyprus

July 11 2018 LJ cover – Эрдоган прибыл на оккупированный север Кипра
Tags: Cyprus, Northern Cyprus, Akynji, Erdogan, Politics, Cyprus issue

On Tuesday evening, 10 July, at the airport Ercan TRNC landed a plane with the President of Turkey on board. Recep Tayyip Erdogan flew to the occupied territory with a working visit to meet with the leader of the Turkish Cypriots Mustafa Akindzhi.

The leader of the Turkish Cypriots, together with his delegation, came to personally meet the President of Turkey. In this regard, the airport has adopted increased security measures.

At the entrance to the airport, Recep Tayyip Erdogan expected about 100 people from among the Turkish Cypriots. They held flags of Turkey in their hands. The Turkish president left the car to greet them.

Upon arrival at the "presidential palace", Erdogan was greeted with an 21 cannon shot. Later in the evening an official reception was held in the "presidential palace" and a private meeting of the two leaders of Akindzhi-Erdogan.

During the meeting, the president condemned the Greek Cypriot side, saying that she continues to consider herself the sole owner of the island and does not share political power with the kiproth Turks in order to create a partnership based on political equality. In his view, this was the reason for the failure of the Conference in Cyprus a year ago.

He also noted: "Cyprus is a national issue for us. Our goal is to find a just and right decision. For the last 50 years, we are making every effort to do this. " The President of Turkey added that the Greek Cypriots do not consider a common future with the Turkish Cypriots.

As for the economy in the north, Erdogan said that Ankara's goal is to turn the north of Cyprus into a center in the Eastern Mediterranean and double its per capita income.

"We were, we are, and we will remain on the side of the Turkish Cypriots," Erdogan said, noting the link of the pipeline to Turkey in the north. The President of Turkey added that the pipeline, which brings water to the north, brought many economic benefits to the region.

Recall, in 2015, a pipeline was built connecting Turkey and TRNC, which transports about 75 million cubic meters of water per year.

Also at the press conference, the leader of the kroprot Turks said that they needed the support of Turkey, since the TRNC community "is unfairly isolated from the international community".

Akinci also expressed his position regarding the exploitation of the natural resources of the island and the readiness to transport natural gas through a pipeline passing through Turkey.

"Unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot administration supports the attitude of abstaining from cooperation! If Ankara supports the TRNC, the north will not give up its rights in the eastern Mediterranean, "he said.

Regarding the visit of Jane Hall Pour, held on 23 July, Akinci noted his willingness to find a fair solution so that everyone could live on equal rights, in security and freedom on the island.

"We hope that the Greek Cypriot side will be able to contribute to a decision that includes a fair sharing of power and wealth."

During his visit, Erdogan also met with other Turkish Cypriots, as well as with "Prime Minister" Tufan Erhuman.

Cat Barry
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