Turkey’s Erdogan to Visit Occupied Cyprus

Turkish media are reporting that Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit northern Cyprus next week shortly after being inaugurated as president.

His visit on Monday to occupied Cyprus will see him oversee the opening of a new huge mosque north of Nicosia, according to the DHA news agency.

It follows late June’s electoral triumph which saw Erdogan returned as president and his AK Party form a parliamentary alliance with Turkish ultranationalists. Many international observers said the contest was not held in fair conditions, with the country’s media largely ignoring opposition parties and candidates.

In recent months there has been an ongoing war of words between Athens and Ankara regarding sovereignty in the Aegean Sea and the conflict over Cyprus.