‘South will be neigh­bours with Turkey in 10 years’

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GREEK Cypri­ots will find them­selves neigh­bours of Turkey in 10 years’ time, Re­pub­li­can Turk­ish Party (CTP) MP Doğuş Derya has said.

Speak­ing to the South’s Fileleft­heros news­pa­per, Ms Derya said the de­mo­graphic struc­ture of the TRNC had changed over the past decade, and within the next, the Greek Cypri­ots would not find a Turk­ish Cypriot op­po­site num­ber with whom to ne­go­ti­ate.

She said the in­ter­na­tional iso­la­tion and em­bar­goes un­der which Turk­ish Cypri­ots had been liv­ing had in­creased their eco­nomic de­pen­dence on Turkey — while the TRNC econ­omy was a “sink­ing ship” with all sec­tors on the brink of bank­ruptcy — and that had brought with it po­lit­i­cal de­pen­dence and cul­tural as­sim­i­la­tion.

Yet she claimed most Turk­ish Cypri­ots still pre­ferred a fu­ture as a re­uni­fied is­land, de­spite their fears and con­cerns about how that may work out, and con­tin­ued to be­lieve that a bi­com­mu­nal, bi­zonal fed­er­a­tion based on the po­lit­i­cal equal­ity of the two com­mu­ni­ties was the best op­tion for a set­tle­ment.

Com­ment­ing on the dan­ger to the peace process of ten­sions over hy­dro­car­bons ex­plo­ration off the is­land, Ms Derya said the is­sue was not re­gional but in­ter­na­tional, and that a Cyprus so­lu­tion could ease the trans­port of the nat­u­ral gas to Europe.

The fem­i­nist MP also em­pha­sised the need for par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in de­ci­sion­mak­ing mech­a­nisms and spoke of their sup­port for a peace cul­ture.

Re­pub­li­can Turk­ish Party (CTP) MP Doğuş Derya

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