After 40 years of separation, the election of a moderate to lead the Turkish Cypriots gives cause for optimismWhen Mustafa Akinci took to the podium for his first speech as the new leader of the Turkish Cypriots waving an olive branch, it became obvious that his victory was a clear message of reconciliation from the northern part of Cyprus. With negotiations with Greek Cypriots restarting soon, the change in Turkish Cypriot leadership raises the question one more time: can the Cyprus problem be resolved?
Akinci’s victory: a salute to Cypriot reunification
…y of Mustafa Akinci with a 60.3 percent of the vote brought renewed hopes for the settlement of the Cyprus problem. Rightly so, but to be successful both leaderships in Cyprus should avoid the mistakes of past failures to reunifyCyprus. Akinci is widely known for serving as the mayor of the Turkish Cypriot sector of divided Nicosia. In the early 1980s, him and Lellos Demetriades resorted to an ad hoc set of arrangements to address the city’s impending environmental disaster in the absence of a
Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı on May 2 to push stalled peace talks forward, a Cypriot government spokesman has said. Meanwhile, Akıncı has mended fences with President Erdoğan.
Towards new horizons in Cyprus
The presidential election held on April 26, 2015, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) brought a moderate leftist politician to the presidenc
Cyprus taboo in Turkey
The Cyprus issue has long been a taboo in Turkey, and Cyprus is still a matter of national interest that is not to be discussed freel