Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus resigns

MOSCOW, October 14. The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Ersan Saner, resigned on Wednesday, Anadolu reports. “Since I realized that the government is no longer sustainable, I just resigned,” the agency quoted Saner as saying. He also added that early elections should be held as soon as possible. Cyprus has been de facto divided between the Greek and Turkish communities since 1974 after Turkey's armed invasion, provoked by an attempt to annex the island to Greece. 37% of the island's territory was occupied, on which the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was proclaimed in 1983. Only Turkey recognized it. Negotiations between the Greek and Turkish communities on the reunification of Cyprus are being mediated by the UN. They were interrupted after the failure of another round, which took place in the Swiss town of Crans-Montana in 2017. The new leader of the Turkish Cypriots, Ersin Tatar, who was elected in the elections on October 18, 2020, is in favor of a confederal system of Cyprus, while the Greek Cypriots believe that that the solution of the Cyprus problem is possible only on the basis of UN decisions within the framework of a bipolar, bicommunal federation. The Greeks do not recognize the status of the Tatars as the head of the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Cyprus Council of Ministers on August 23 decided to revoke the passports of a number of officials of the unrecognized state in response to Turkish provocations and the change in the status of the closed city of Famagusta. All members of the government of the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus use the passports of the Republic of Cyprus for foreign travel. Among those whose passports were canceled was the leader of the Turkish Cypriot Tatars. He then stated that he had not used this passport for many years and this decision did not affect him. UN Security Council condemned Turkey's statements on opening a quarter in Northern Cyprus

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