Turkish Cypriots voted on Sunday (20 June) for a President and Legislative Assembly for their self-proclaimed Turkish Federated State in the Turkish-occupied northern part of the Mediterranean island.
MV Posters PULL BACK TO GV, ZOOM INTO CU Poster on top of building
CU PAN Posters on billboard (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO GV Polling station
MV PAN Vi??? President Orek sign in and goes off to cast vote (2 shots)
CU PAN Turkish negotiator Mr. Suleyman coasting vote
GV Crowd watching as President Denktash unravels party flag from balcony (2 shots)
Although Mr. Denktash has been under fire from some of his own supporters, official statements from his party claim he will be returned with a resounding majority as president. His supporters claim that Mr. Denktash regards the outcome of the election as a major indication of whether Turkish Cypriots agree with his approach to the future of the northern part of the island, and to his negotiations with the Greek Cypriots. The Greek Cypriots bitterly oppose the idea of a self-proclaimed federated state.
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Background: Turkish Cypriots voted on Sunday (20 June) for a President and Legislative Assembly for their self-proclaimed Turkish Federated State in the Turkish-occupied northern part of the Mediterranean island.
SYNOPSIS: The Turkish-Cypriot state was proclaimed in February 1975, seven months after Cyprus was invaded and occupied by Turkish troops. Only Turkey recognises it. The current President of the so-called federated state, Mr. Rauf Denktash, leader of the National Unity Party, was seeking re-election against three other candidates. There are 40 seats in the legislative assembly. According to the Turkish Cypriot radio station, Radio Bairak, voting went normally and the final results should be known late on Monday (21 June).
Vice President Osman Orek is also seeking re-election. However, the major interest centres on Mr. Denktash. He has led the negotiations for the Turkish Cypriots with the Greek Cypriots on the future of the island. So far, the talks have not proved a success. There have been several meetings but no agreement has been reached.
Reuters in Nicosia also says the Turkish leader has been under increasing pressure from him own supporters to find a solution. And there have been demands that he step down as the leading negotiator in the talks with the Greek Cypriots.