ANKARA, Turkey – 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.