The fire in the fenced off city of Varosha has once more brought the Turkish Cypriots face to face with the bitter reality, which is: “We have no political will! The word of the president of the republic who is the Chief Commander is not influential. The word of the Turkish Generals is influential!” – an article in Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Afrika’ reports.
The paper writes that in spite of the fact that the authorities of South Cyprus have not rejected Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci’s proposal for help in extinguishing the fire, no help was asked from South Cyprus and the the TRNC authorities turned to Turkey once again. According to President Akinci’s national security adviser, retired colonel Halil Sadrazam, the proposal for help from the South Cyprus authorities was rejected by the TRNC government, the newspaper claims.
According to ‘Afrika’, Sadrazam expressed the belief that “those who, in spite of Mr Akinci’s warning, rejected the fire extinguishing teams of south Cyprus which were ready to help, considering the fire to be a natural disaster, have committed a mistake”.
The paper comments that Sadrazam had turned a blind eye to the line drawn by the Army General, ignores the goal scored by the general and softens the blow to the government and the state.