Recently elected Turkish President Erdogan flew from Ataturk airport in a private jet and arrived in North Cyprus.
Before taking off from Ataturk airport he answered questions by the press regarding the Cyprus problem saying that: “The people of Cyprus are victims of the problem. Southern Cyprus has never had a positive approach. The international community should take steps to solve the problem.”
He arrived around midday and will lay a wreath at the memorials of former Turkish Cypriot leaders Rauf Denktash and Fasil Kucuk.
An official welcoming ceremony will take place at the offices of Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu at 1pm.
There were a number of protests held against the visit last night. Speaking on behalf of trade-unions, political parties and civil society, activist Nazen Sansal said the demonstration was successful and the message to Erdogan is that “he is not welcome in Cyprus.”
Another protest is expected in the centre of Nicosia this afternoon.
Sources: Yeni Duzen – Famagusta Gazette