The Future of Turkish Cypriots: Towards Peacebuilding

The Future of Turkish Cypriots: Towards Peacebuilding

22 Apr 21

On April 20, THO was honored to speak with H.E. Ersin Tartar, the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) about "The role and Future of the TRNC in the Mediterranean". Dr. Mark Meirowitz, Professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College and THO Advisory Board Member served as moderator of the program. The president started by giving a summary of the history of the TRNC, arguing that the Turkish Cypriots have had many years to find a solution on a federal basis, which is a partnership between the two sides of Cyprus, but it has all been futile because the Greek Cypriots have the upper hand, so they have no incentive to find a solution to share the resources or power. On the ground, there are two states already. The TRNC has been running itself to be able to share a partnership structure is very difficult, and it has not been possible to live together successfully, according to President Tartar. 

In addition to discussing the necessity for a two-state solution, the President discussed the impact Covid had on the island and how TRNC stayed strong despite the economic setbacks. On the future of TRNC, he described a state where great investment has been made, and with the support of Turkey and the two-way agreement between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots, there could be a peaceful agreement.