Obituary: former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş dies aged 88

Former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş, who pushed for the island of Cyprus to become divided, has died at the age of 88. He had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke last year.

Having played a key role in the machinations leading to the division of Cyprus, Denktaş became President of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus in 1976 and won a second term in 1981. Two years later he helped usher in the formation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, of which he served as president from 1983 until 2005.

To call Denktaş a controversial figure would be something of an understatement. Many of his former supporters began to doubt his insistence on a divided island when the subject of EU membership arose, and it remains to be seen whether the reunification that Denktaş resisted will now in fact transpire.


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2 thoughts on “Obituary: former Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktaş dies aged 88

  1. Rauf Denktas was and always will be a hero to Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus will be a divided island indefinitely. It is what all Cypriots want including the Greek Cypriots who rejected the Annan plan
    when they had the chance to unite the island. Why would any Turkish Cypriot now want a united island when they have their own schools, hospitals, hotels, infrastructure, tourists and can decide their own fate. For the Euro?!!!!!!! I visit Cyprus regularly and have not met any poor Turkish Cypriots. Poor settlers but not Turkish Cypriots.
    Wake up Greek Cypriots. Get your government to give you the land Turks left behind in the south and get on with it like Turks had to do in the north. Its the best option you’ve got!

    Posted by J. Bloggs | January 19, 2012, 12:12 am

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