"Turkey's European dream faces reality of North Cyprus
Nicolas Rothwell in Lefkosa, Cyprus
February 28, 2005
THE campaign was tight and fought over grand issues. The election was held in free and fluent fashion, in a country struggling for its future under ambiguous circumstances.
Emotions were intense, the turn-out high. Yet not a single international observer jetted in to watch last week's polls in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.
Image is something of a problem for this tiny sliver of a statelet – a small part of a small island, and recognised as independent only by the country that set it up, Turkey."
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