EU report: Turkish Cypriots more pessimistic about future

09:29, February 03, 2010      

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Turkish Cypriots grow more pessimistic about the future because of poor prospects about a quick solution of the Cyprus problem.

Eurobarometer statistics made public on Tuesday by the European Union representative in Nicosia, Androula Kaminara, suggest that 50 percent of Turkish Cypriots are not satisfied with their life, compared to a 78 percent average in all European Union countries.

The survey results were announced just one day after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, reporting an increased willingness on their part to exert more efforts to solve the decades-old Cyprus problem.

The Turkish Cypriots live in isolation in the northern part of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey militarily intervened a coup by Greek army officers.

Technically they are European Union citizens, but their part of the island is recognized only by Turkey as a state and contacts with other foreign countries are scarce.

Kaminara said the Cyprus problem is viewed by less Turkish Cypriots as an important issue in their lives. Only 22 percent said it is a concerning problem, compared to 51 percent who said the most pressing problem is the economic situation followed by unemployment.

About 67 percent of Turkish Cypriots surveyed said the economic situation of the community is bad and 72 percent said unemployment is getting worse, compared to 51 percent in a previous survey.

A majority of 59 percent consider that the economic situation in their area of Cyprus will get worse over the next 12 months.

Kaminara said Turkish Cypriots are the most pessimists in the European Union. A large proportion, 49 percent of the total, has a positive view of the Union and its institutions.

Source: Xinhua
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