Direct trade regulation key to move forward in Cyprus

Today’s Zaman interviewed Sylvia Tiryaki on the latest Turkish Cypriot elections, in which Mr. Derviş Eroğlu was elected into the office of President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and replaced the imcubent Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat. To read Sylvia Tiryaki’s analysis on the elections and Cyprus negotiation process click here.


The only way to move ahead is the direct trade regulation. Before Turkey was demanding more to open its ports, but now it boils down to this one item. That’s not something the European Union is unable to do. The direct trade regulation, or lifting the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, is not legally impossible. Actually, there are no legal grounds for this isolation to be in place.

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