Turkish Cypriot President Akıncı says there are ‘clues’ of Ankara’s involvement in upcoming elections
Incumbent Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı has said that there are clear “clues” of Ankara's involvement in the upcoming presidential elections set to take place on Oct. 11. “We expect that no one gets on the wrong track of favoring a side. I am saying this because there are clues regarding this issue. Turkish Cypriots have the right, ability, capability and authority to determine their own future with their free and independent identities,” Akıncı said during an interview on Sept. 7.
Ankara is more concerned with France’s involvement in Libya than either Greece or Cyprus at the moment. Is this a window of opportunity for a Turkey and Greece-Cyprus rapprochement? It might be, provided that the EU concedes to visa liberalization, the Customs Union, or both.
Turkish Cypriot President Akıncı's spokesman Burcu said that after Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu went as far as branding Akıncı a “supporter of terrorism” over his remarks on the prospect of annexation by Turkey, there have been death threats against the Turkish Cypriot leader even on television programs in Turkey. “What happened recently has once again show how right our President is,” said Burcu in a written statement on Feb. 11.