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Erdogan's plot for Northern Cyprus

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The appointment of a neo-nationalist figure as the ambassador of Turkey to the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC)” is the latest in a series of events that indicate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is bent on turning the breakaway region on the Mediterranean island into a “sin-city,” where organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, gambling and sex trafficking networks can operate with impunity and no crackdown on their activities.
 
It is certainly not a random choice by Erdogan, who selected Metin Feyzioglu, an anti-West, neo-nationalist lawyer who has no experience in diplomacy, as the new envoy to the Turkish-controlled north of the divided island. There is a well-thought-out, sinister plot behind this considering Feyzioglu has long been associated with the dark forces of the neo-nationalist (Ulusalcı) networks that like to operate beyond the realm of the law and were in the past incriminated in murders, plots and schemes that at times targeted non-Muslims in Turkey.
 
Feyzioglu has a long track record with neo-nationalists, helped Erdogan turn the judiciary into a political tool in 2014 and successfully campaigned for the release of notorious figures who plotted against the West and NATO interests in Turkey. He was one of the key people who empowered Erdogan in his quest to consolidate control over all levers of the Turkish state. As a reward for his service, he was appointed Turkish ambassador to the KKTC on October 31, 2022, effectively making him a “governor” who will rule the KKTC, a self-declared state that is recognized only by Turkey.