Cyprus accuses Turkey of seeking "total control" of separatists in the north of the island

Turkey wants full control of the separatist region in northern Cyprus, warned Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, who said his country would file a formal UN complaint against Ankara, Euronews reported.

Anastasiades, a Greek Cypriot, said that Turkey’s new financial agreement with the northern region of Cyprus demonstrates Ankara’s desire to “fully control” Turkish Cypriots.

Cyprus is an ethnically divided island between the minority of Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek Cypriots in the south. Turkey is the only country in the world that recognizes the independence of the northern region.

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In a letter to the United Nations, the Cypriot president said he would protest Turkey’s decision to designate the main airport of Turkish Cypriots as a domestic flight route, effectively turning it into a Turkish airport. Photo: Profimedia Images

In a letter to the United Nations, the Cypriot president said he would protest Turkey’s decision to designate the main airport of Turkish Cypriots as a domestic flight route, effectively turning it into a Turkish airport.

Measures to boost the economy or a “protocol for abandoning” the independence of Turkish Cypriots

Turkish officials say the new airport designation is meant to make flights to and from northern Cyprus cheaper.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Monday described Anastasiades’ remarks as “propaganda of Greek Cypriots”. Tatar also said the financial agreement with Ankara would play a “very important” role in invigorating the Cypriot Turkish economy ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Although the North has always been dependent on Turkish financial aid, many Turkish Cypriots are concerned that the new € 240 million deal, which represents a third of North Cyprus’ one-year revenue, “poses a direct threat to the will, identity , the culture, life and heritage of Turkish Cypriots “, according to the United Cyprus Now group.

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Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Monday described Anastasiades ‘remarks as “Greek Cypriot propaganda” and said the financial deal with Ankara would help revive northern Cyprus’ economy. Photo: Profimedia Images

The agreement obliges Turkish Cypriots to introduce measures by which freedom of expression is suppressed to allow Turkish citizens to buy property on the island much more easily and through which the religious authorities gain more power, according to the same group.

Turkish Republican left-wing opposition leader Tufan Erhurman said the agreement was a “protocol for abandoning the will” of Turkish Cypriots to govern themselves.

Editor: Raul Nețoiu

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