The “TRNC” in the Turkish Cypriot context: A moment of multiple and contradictory interpretations
SourceEastern Mediterranean Geopolitical Review
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This paper examines the establishment of the “TRNC” in light of the complex framework created by the different perceptions of the Turkish Cypriot community on the prospect of the creation of a second state in Cyprus. The paper analyzes the “TRNC” through the confrontational ideological frameworks of the Turkish-Cypriot Right and Left and identifies the different context assigned to concepts such as independence, the state, the right to selfdetermination by the different parts of the community. At the same time, the declaration of the “TRNC” is examined under the spectrum of the historical and political context of the time. It is thus treated as a dynamic development and not as a static element. The present text therefore, pursues to reveal the social and political implications of this period in the Turkish Cypriot community, as well as to identify the expectations cultivated with regard to the prospect of a separate Turkish-Cypriot state on the island.