Cyprus Problem | TRNC Turkish Cypriot May Stand as MEP

European ParliamentCyprus Problem – TRNC Turkish Cypriot May Stand as MEP

According to Kibris newspaper (04.12.13)  Sener Levent, editor-in-chief of Afrika newspaper, has said that he is considering becoming a candidate in the European Parliament (EP) elections, to be held on 25 May 2014. Levent said that in a public opinion poll conducted by Greek Cypriot Politis newspaper in 2004, his candidacy then received 11%, surpassing the votes received by Greek Cypriot DIKO and EDEK parties in the same poll.

The representation of the Turkish Cypriots in the European Parliament should not be prevented because of the acquis communautaire of the EU being applied to the TRNC. According to Kibris, the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party (DP) have not expressed a view on this issue, but the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) argues that two out of the six Cypriot seats at the EP should be taken by Turkish Cypriots, who will be elected in elections held in the north.

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