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How to seize an island: Northern Cyprus

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Now Turkey’s President Erdoğan is scaring us with even good news. When he delivers said ‘good news,’ there are a thousand disasters immediately afterward. He promised such a piece of good news to Northern Cyprus on the anniversary of the Cyprus Operation from July 20, 1974. He mentioned the issue a while ago in the closed quarters of Varosha, the place about which the UN Security Council says, “attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible” and calls for the transfer of that area to the administration of the United Nations under Resolution 550. What will happen now?

Will Erdoğan change the status of Varosha, a part of its coastline, which has been partially opened? Will he give an ultimatum, saying, “We’re opening the city. The Greeks may come also. If they do not come by this date, they will lose their rights”? Will he change the name of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to the Turkish Cypriot State? Will he say they have found a natural gas reserve off the coast of Cyprus? Or will he just promise a new parliament building? Everyone wants to know.
Northern Cyprus is also receiving its share of the Turkish government’s practice of seizing and destroying all fields within Turkey, from politics to public institutions, the economy, and nature. They are doing so with no regard for the status of the TRNC recognized by Turkey.

The opposition Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) will boycott Erdogan’s ‘good news’ announcement in parliament on July 20. Former President Mehmet Ali Talat, who was backed by Erdoğan during the 2004 referendum, has approved of the boycott. Everybody knows how annoyed the trade unions are. Current President Ersin Tatar is considered an ‘appointee’ of the opposition. His predecessor Mustafa Akıncı has been publicly threatened, so much so, that Akıncı’s press advisor Ali Bizden was held for 11 hours on July 6 at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport and sent back after being told he had a ‘5-year ban on entering Turkey.” Perhaps he was blacklisted via the G82 code, which designates a “threat to national security.” In times such as these, codes like this rear their ugly heads.

The echo of Erdoğan’s partnership with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) in Turkey is even more overwhelming in the TRNC. Any mild criticism has been reframed as “relationship between Turkey and the TRNC has shifted away from the right platform.” This reaction from CTP is not even the froth of the accumulated anger in the island.

They say they would change the parameters of negotiations to put the TRNC on the path to independence via a two-state solution instead of federalism. However, a new conquest-minded imposition, which will eliminate the small area of movement left to the TRNC itself, is coming. It is an operation of forced annihilation. All the decisions concerning Cyprus are made by Erdoğan despite the Cypriots and he does not even let Tatar make the announcement. Who is Tatar anyway? He is a trustee. The TRNC government will be informed of these decisions at the same time as the TRNC citizens. The decision to partially open the Varosha was one such decision.

The governments of the Republic of Turkey, treated the TRNC as a “free crime zone.” Exiled mafia boss and YouTuber Sedat Peker has already disclosed certain incidents which took place........

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