Did Turkey President Erdogan Cause North Cyprus Government Collapse?

Did Turkey President Erdogan Cause North Cyprus Government Collapse?Two different newspapers in North Cyprus point to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan being at the centre of the collapse of the North Cyprus government.

Firstly, according to the North Cyprus daily Afrika newspaper (14.05.19), the general secretary of the Turkish Cypriot teacher’s trade union (KTOS) Sener Elcil, referring to the resignation of the four-party “coalition government”, accused the leader of the People’s Party (HP), Kudret Ozersay, of being responsible for the collapse of the North Cyprus government by resigning in order to increase his power. This is the famous Kudret Ozersay who, a decade ago, was going to do so much to help ex-pat property victims.

Elcil then went on to accuse Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkey’s Special Warfare Department and the two “plunders who cooperate with them”, as he describes Ersin Tatar and Kudret Ozersay, who undertook action in order to break down the North Cyprus government with the aim to form a new one.

“It became a habit for the Turkish officials the meddling to the internal affairs of the Turkish Cypriots in every period. They first implemented the economic embargo with the aim to put away the four-party coalition government, they did not meet with their economic responsibilities for 15 months and as a result we had to cover even the military’s expenses”, Elcil said, stating that the new government to be formed will be Turkish Foreign Minister “Cavusoglu’s government”.

Secondly, according  to Columnist Metin Munir in the North Cyprus newspaper Diyalog (14.05.19) he believe that the main reason for the collapse of the four-party coalition government, after being 15 months in power, was the fact that its relations with the Justice and Development Party (AKP) “were deteriorated irreparably”. Under the title “Why the TRNC government resigned”, Munir notes that the same deterioration exists in AKP’s relations with Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci. “AKP thinks that Akinci has targets in the negotiations which are not realistic and not agreed with Turkey”, writes the columnist adding:

“The relations between Erdogan and Akinci have since a long time been cold. Erdogan, who does not know that the judiciary is independent in North Cyprus, is offended with Akinci because he did not put in prison a journalist with the allegation that he had insulted him.

The four party coalition will be most probably be substituted by a two party coalition. It is expected that the new government will be much more in harmony with AKP on the intercommunal talks and other issues important for Turkey.”

According to the columnist the two-party coalition government will be established between the National Unity Party (UBP) and the People’s Party (HP) under Ersin Tatar and Kudret Ozersay respectively. Citing reliable information, Munir says that Tatar and Ozersay had shaken hands when the four-party “coalition” started quaking and that the UBP would support Ozersay in the “presidential elections” to be held next year. He notes:

“If this project, which Turkey fully supports, is materialized, it will kill two birds with one stone:

– In Tatar’s personality, the TRNC will acquire a prime minister who is honest and good intended and knows economy very well and

– In Ozersay’s personality, in case he is elected, it will acquire a president who will carry out the peace talks with the Greek Cypriots in the direction which Turkey wants.

– Turkey will support the new coalition by increasing the financial aid it provides to the island.

For some time now, AKP had cut the monetary aid to the Turkish Cypriots in order to show its discontent towards Akinci and the four party coalition and it would not even pay the defense expenses.

Turkey’s impression is that Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades has come to the point of discussing a two-state solution on the island. Akinci and the major partner in the four-party coalition, the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), do not share the same view. They think that Anastasiades is playing a new game and support the insistence on the federal solution. Ankara thinks that federation is an unattainable target now. What is considered in its place is an agreed separation, two separate states the one next to the other.”

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