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Turkey displeased with TRNC political turmoil

31 May 2013

EU Minister Egemen Bagis has said Turkey is unsatisfied with the political crisis in the TRNC and has urged its solution as soon as possible, amid growing public discontent with the administration.

A group of rebel MPs belonging to the ruling National Unity Party (UBP) recently issued a motion of ‘no confidence’ with opposition parties, pushing the country into political turmoil. The ruling party and the opposition also agreed to hold early elections on July 28. Parliamentary elections were due to be held in April 2014.

“There is an ongoing crisis in Turkish Cyprus. We are dissatisfied with this and it is not something that can be explained rationally. I hope they will come to their senses,” Bagis told a group of reporters yesterday in Istanbul. Fierce debates erupted in Parliament earlier this month over the proposal on early elections, after opposition parties suggested holding polls on Sept. 29 in response to Prime Minister Kucuk’s offer, which had suggested July 21 as the date.

Prime Minister Kucuk blamed President Dervis Eroglu for parliamentary support for the motion.

Eight of the rebel MP’s resigned on May 26 in anticipation of being expelled from the UBP. They also announced that they would be joining with the DP party led by Serdar Denktas and fighting the elections ion July 28th together.

Bagis also called for a solution in the divided island based on political equality.

“If both sides agree on a solution, this is OK for us,” he said.

The EU minister criticised the decision of Greek Cypriots to say no to the Annan Plan in 2004. “They [Greek Cypriots] say yes to Turkish troops on the island by saying no to the plan. If they accept the plan then there would be no troops left on the island, not only Turkish but Greek troops too.”

The TRNC also sees growing public discontent with the administration. Ankara has recently pressured the government into reforming its political system and economy. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay met with Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Irsen Kucuk on April 29 and presented a comprehensive study which reflects the growing displeasure of the public over the status of the country.

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