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Have you heard about the game-changing proposals in Cyprus?

Apparently opening Ercan (Tymbou) airport or Famagusta port to the world doesn’t change the game.

I mean what’s going to change when Swiss Air, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates or British Airways fly directly to Ercan (Tymbou) airport?

I mean isn’t Anadolu Jet more than enough for us (!)

The obedience crew rejected an economic transformation worth more than €2bn!


These are not “game” changers (!)
The game is obvious…
It’s known.


What then would constitute a game changer?
We wanted a “partnership” for the petrol in the sea.
It is not yet extracted, but it doesn’t matter.
It will (!)


According to Ankara’s proposals vocalised by Tatar, we wanted everything through Turkey: Water, energy, petrol, everything.

We even elect the “President” on this half of the island through Turkey (!)

It’s only natural!


We told them “We formed a state on your land, now give us our share of the gas.”
They didn’t take the bait!

As a result, these proposals just made it into the archives as yet another PR stunt.


In exchange for the return of Maraş (Varosha) to its legal owners, we maintained our stance of keeping Ercan (Tymbou) and Famagusta port closed off to the world.

We could not even open the “new” Ercan.
And so another 20th of July will come and go…
Perhaps we will open it on the 29th of October.
If not on November 15.
The ribbon and scissors are ready.

Rest assured, we will find something to inaugurate on this “historic” day. We will open the Alsancak (Karavas) road again, we will let the water flow again [Translator’s note: refers to ceremony held on 6 October 2020 in Ankara where Erdoğan and Tatar announced the transfer of water to the north from Turkey], perhaps even take a bicycle tour of Maraş (Varosha).

Yes, yes why not!

We stare at the flag on the mountain with the newly graduated unemployed and at the Taurus mountains [Translator’s note: Turkish mountain range visible from Cypruswith the older unemployed without diplomas.

We will lay the foundation of the “Külliye” for the president! [Translator’s note: ‘Külliye’ is the name of the presidential complex in Turkey. Plans are underway to construct a similar complex in the north]

We will construct an even bigger parliament building so that our “unconditional sovereignty” can be handed over!

So that, the man who sits at the back benches of a nicer Parliament building, whose party elected him as its president but who could not become prime minister will smile at the man who was not appointed as minister by the Prime Minister and who became a minister… 

And so the game goes on…
And it goes on and on…


Born in 1971 in the town of Limassol, Cyprus, Cenk Mutluyakalı migrated to Kyrenia together with his family after the war. He began journalism at KIBRIS newspaper in 1989. He took part in establishing the United Media Group. Currently he writes daily essays, news reports and interviews for Yenidüzen newspaper. He served as the President of the Turkish Cypriot Press Card Commission and Turkish Cypriot Journalists Association. He was awarded with various prizes throughout his career, the most recent being the “Peace Journalism Prize” by the bicommunal New Cyprus Association. Mutluyakalı is an author of published books of essays and interviews. He is also the author of a novel titled “Salıncak” (Swing) published by Kor Kitap.

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