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Turkey’s VP to attend Tatar’s swearing in

Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay is expected in Cyprus on Friday to attend the affirmation ceremony of new Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, it was reported on Thursday.

Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi said Oktay will hold talks with Tatar following the ceremony scheduled for 3pm.

Speaking on CNN Turk on Monday, Oktay denied Turkey had intervened in the elections in the north in Tatar’s favour, arguing that the result clearly reflected the political will of the Turkish Cypriots.

Oktay said the Turkish Cypriot people were fed up with the lack of solution on the island and that was what the elections were about.

Nationalist Tatar won the elections against Mustafa Akinci with 51.7 per cent of the vote. Observers said Tatar had the votes of Turkish settlers, but Ankara also intervened in his favour after falling out with Akinci, a moderate.

Akinci had openly opposed changing the basis of a solution and Turkey’s decision to open part of the fenced off town of Varosha in Famagusta.

Oktay reiterated that the Turkish side had made all efforts towards a federation and it was the Greek Cypriot side that derailed the talks at Crans Montana, Switzerland, in 2017,

They would not waste another 50 years on a federation, he added.

“For years they thought it was possible to find a solution with Greek Cypriots and therefore Maras (Varosha) remained closed. For years a federation was discussed. The Greek Cypriots ignored the Turkish Cypriots’ rights on the island and do not want to share the administration of the country. The Greek Cypriots were unfairly accepted into the EU. What was voted on in the TRNC was the federation,” he said.

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