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Time to restructure the Turkish Cypriot state

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28.08.2017
Whatever Turkey and Turkish Cypriots say, the international community perceives the Turkish Cypriot state as a subsidiary of Turkey rather than a full-fledged entity with some degree of sovereignty. This perception, also cultivated by the Greek Cypriot-hijacked Cyprus Republic, has also been one of the impediments to a resolution of the Cyprus problem. Rather than negotiating with the Turkish Cypriot leadership, particularly in the post-Rauf Denktaş period, Greek Cypriot leaders demand to have “direct talks” with Turkey rather than talking with “its puppet.”

To what degree does this perception reflect the reality or at what degree is it a product of the propaganda machine of the Greek Cypriots? The Turkish Cypriot people have been a self-governing community since their ouster from the partnership state. It was first the administration of the Communal Chamber that lasted until 1974. Then, came the Turkish Cypriot Autonomous Government. That was followed by the Turkish Cypriot Federated State. Finally, after Greek Cypriots started the European Union membership process in 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed and a new constitution was made. Whatever the name of the government was, however, establishing a federation with the Greek........

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