Cyprus Talks

British Residents Society (BRS)

We are concerned, Mr President!

Intro by Ralph Kratzer

Akinci and Anastasiades new image
TRNC president Akinci and RoC president Anastasiades

Since the election of Mustafa Akinci as President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the subsequent resumption of the so called Cyprus talks regarding a possible reunion of the island, separated since 1974, no day goes by where we do not read about how fast and successful the discussions go.

For some, the negotiations with the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) go ahead a little too fast! Even the newly-appointed Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa, Derya Kanbay, warned some days ago: “In case of hurry, some things may fail to be noticed” and “Hopefully, we will not be disappointed later”.

Ever since issues such as title deeds, EU membership of Northern Cyprus and a subsequent adoption of the EURO currency have been on the negotiating table the expatriate community in the TRNC is concerned about what consequences that could have for all of them.

BRS Chairman David Brown, Deputy Chairman Stephen Day, and their Government Liaison team under Mike Maternaghan have now sent a letter to President Akinci, with the request to give answers on some important outstanding issues and the convening of an urgent meeting.

Courtesy of the BRS Chairman you can read this letter by clicking here and feel free to post a comment at the end of this article or by sending an email to