ISTANBUL – Preparations are underway in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus in anticipation of the Turkish president’s visit on July 20, sources confirming that Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to use the visit as a platform to promote the nationalist agenda and religious of his government.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, the timing of the visit indicates as much, as does the fact that Erdogan will be accompanied by a large delegation from the government, AKP and other officials, including Nationalist Movement Party chairman Devlet Bahceli.
During his visit, the Turkish president is expected to make announcements regarding Ankara’s plans for Varosha, the gated southern district of the Turkish-occupied city of Famagusta in Cyprus, but also for the establishment of a base on the island for Turkish military drones. .
Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, who has rejected the possibility of a reunification of Cyprus, hailed the July 20 visit as an important day, marking the “47th anniversary of the” peace operation “in Cyprus”, as he referred to the 1974 invasion.
On Tuesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reiterated the European Union’s firm position that it will never agree to a two-state solution for Cyprus.