Pakistan may recognise Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Ankara: A tweet by the Pakistani embassy in Turkey on Saturday is being seen as a significant step towards Islamabad recognising the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as a sovereign state.

The post, shared via the embassy’s official Twitter account, has fueled speculations about whether an official recognition can be expected in the future, Yeni Safak reported.

A Greek report also mentioned five countries that are said to be planning to recognize Northern Cyprus. They include Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Libya, Bangladesh and Gambia.

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Yeni Safak reported that Cyprus has been mired in a decades-long struggle between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, despite a series of diplomatic efforts by the UN to achieve a comprehensive settlement.

The island was divided in 1964 when ethnic attacks forced Turkish Cypriots to withdraw into enclaves for their safety. In 1974, a Greek Cypriot coup aiming at Greece’s annexation led to Turkey’s military intervention as a guarantor power. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was founded in 1983.

Till now, only Turkey has recognised Northern Cyprus as a country.

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