Former TRNC president, Akinci, reportedly listed among 42 Turkish Cypriots barred from entering Turkey

Former president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Mustafa Akinci is among 42 people barred from entering Turkey, according to media report coming out of the country on Tuesday.

Avrupa newspaper on Tuesday published on its front page photos of 42 Turkish Cypriots barred from entering Turkey, including its own publisher Sener Levent.

The list came to light after a Turkish Cypriot journalist was refused entry to the country on Sunday.

Journalist, Kishmir was prevented from entering Turkey on Sunday on his return to the TRNC after a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Croatia.

However, the TRNC ‘government’ has played down the issue saying Turkey had a right to refuse entry to anyone it wishes.

TRNC president, Ersin Tatar said that “every country has the right to not allow entry to foreign nationals due to safety reasons, due to threats and insults.”

Former president, Mustafa Akinci and his former spokesman Baris Burcu, lawyer Tajian Reinar, the secretary of the union of Turkish teachers Sener Elzil, followed by Avrupa’s columnists Ali Bizde, Ali Osman and Ahmet and Ali Kou were listed on the list.

Other journalists on the list, according to Avrupa, include Serhat Incirli and Sami Ozuslu, trade unionists such as Selma Eilem, and the former president of the Turkish Cypriot teachers union Kublai Ozkirac.

There are also artists on the list including Yasar Ersoy, Umit Indaci, Senih Tsavusoglu and Nilgun Ecevit Orhon, the paper said.

Avrupa said the list was prepared by the Turkish embassy in Lefkosa. “They call it a ‘blacklist’. We call it a ‘whitelist’,” the newspaper said.

Turkey has however denied that Akinci was banned from entering Turkey. 

İsmail Çataklı, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Turkey, when asked whether the former TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı has been banned from entering Turkey, which he replied, "It's a lie, period".

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