By KEREM HASAN
Optimism was voiced that the elevation of the politician whose great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, was the Ottoman empire's last interior minister, would mean Turkish Cypriots getting a fair hearing.
Prime Minister Ersin Tatar echoed belief in Ankara that a “man who has Turkish blood” could help build bridges with the UK, especially after Brexit.
“Although there is a long-standing British foreign policy on Cyprus . . . I hope he will be more willing to listen to our calls following the departure of the UK from the EU,” he told Cyprus Today.
“I believe UK-Turkey relations will be much better post-Brexit and this will have a positive effect on our relations too.
“Boris was actually in Crans-Montana in 2017 [as UK foreign secretary] when the Cyprus peace talks broke down, and witnessed first-hand why we have been unable to reach a comprehensive solution.”
President Mustafa Akıncı also voiced hope yesterday, in a congratulatory letter to Mr Johnson, that the Briton would continue the "sincere contributions" for a settlement he had made in Crans-Montana.
A Turkish Cypriot civil group leader in London who held talks with Mr Johnson in December 2017 while he was foreign secretary was also upbeat, describing Britain's new premier as “a reasonable man” and a “great listener”.
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