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Turkey rebukes newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader for suggesting treatment as an equal

  • Turkish Cypriot newly elected leader Mustafa Akinci with his wife Miral wave to his supporters after he won the leadership election in Nicosia in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci defeated hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu with 60.38 percent of the vote, preliminary official results showed. Turnout for Sunday's vote was just over 64 percent. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Turkish Cypriot newly elected leader Mustafa Akinci with his wife Miral wave to his supporters after he won the leadership election in Nicosia in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci defeated hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu with 60.38 percent of the vote, preliminary official results showed. Turnout for Sunday's vote was just over 64 percent. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of Turkish Cypriot newly elected leader Mustafa Akinci celebrates his win as waves a Turkish flag during the Turkish Cypriots election in Nicosia in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci defeated hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu with 60.38 percent of the vote, preliminary official results showed. Turnout for Sunday's vote was just over 64 percent. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A supporter of Turkish Cypriot newly elected leader Mustafa Akinci celebrates his win as waves a Turkish flag during the Turkish Cypriots election in Nicosia in the Turkish Cypriot breakaway north part of the divided island of Cyprus, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Akinci, a veteran politician with a strong track record of reaching out to rival Greek Cypriots, was elected as leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus. Akinci defeated hard-line incumbent Dervis Eroglu with 60.38 percent of the vote, preliminary official results showed. Turnout for Sunday's vote was just over 64 percent. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

Turkey's president has rebuked the newly-elected leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state after he suggested that Turkey should deal with northern Cyprus as an equal.

Mustafa Akinci, who has pledged to focus his energy on achieving an accord reunifying Cyprus, was elected president on Sunday. He says he favors a relationship "between brothers" with Turkey — not one where the "motherland" dictates terms.

In response, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkey finances northern Cyprus' budget, had made sacrifices for it, and would continue to consider it as its "child."

Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of uniting the island with Greece.

Akinci's election has revived hopes for the reunification talks next month, but any deal would require cooperation from Turkey.