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.