TRNC News Today 11th March 2015
Eide to arrive in Cyprus on 16 March
President Derviş Eroğlu will receive Eide on 17 March, Tuesday.
Eide will stay in the island until 18 March. In addition to President Eroğlu, Eide will also meet with the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades, Turkish and Greek Cypriot negotiation delegations and some concerned parties.
Eide will also organize an activity towards media and women representatives of non-governmental organizations.
Denktaş: “If there will be a solution, North Cyprus economy should be very strong”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports Serdar Denktaş stated that some issues were disregarded for years in order to reach a solution in Cyprus and sometimes they hide behind embargoes. Denktaş said “If a solution is to be reached in Cyprus, only the Turkish Cypriot side’s will is not enough, the Greek Cypriot side should also be willing for a solution. We as the Turkish Cypriot side should be very strong in the field of economy and reach the stage to compete with all countries of the world.
Furthermore, Denktaş added that the most important way to do this is to realize an economic integration with motherland Turkey.
Within the framework of his Ankara contacts, Denktaş and his accompanying delegation met with Turkey’s Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekçi yesterday.
Cyprus Dialogue Forum established
Studies to establish the bi-communal “Cyprus Dialogue Forum” which aims to contribute to peace process in Cyprus were completed.
Since April of last year, political parties, non-governmental organizations, unions and employer groups were executing studies to establish the forum.
The forum which has the capacity to represent the greatest part of the community evaluates the peace process as a whole not only limited to the negotiations.
Cyprus Dialogue Forum will read the declaration during a press meeting to be organized on Thursday.
The decision to establish such a forum was taken during the meeting held in Malta in 2013 which was attended by about 60 high level Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot authorities who represented political parties, non-governmental organizations, unions and employer groups.
Mayors Harmancı and Yorgacis make inspection at buffer zone
The Mayor of Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality Mehmet Harmancı and Mayor of Nicosia Greek Cypriot Municipality Kostantinos Yorgacis walked along the buffer zone and made inspection with the organization of the UN Peace Force in Cyprus. Harmancı said that UN organized this walk to overcome the difficulties experienced every day in the city. Harmancı also mentioned the problems of the buffer zone as water drainage, extreme grasses and fire in summer.
Furthermore, expressing that cooperation was also made on these issues before, Harmancı said that a concrete plan will be prepared in order to overcome these difficulties, and they will revise what can be done together and observe what kind of development can be realized.
Trade unions plan a series of actions
Trade unions are planning a series of actions which will start today with the aim of criticising ‘government policies about workers and unions’.
First protest will be realized today in Gazimagusa with the paticipation of Kamu-Sen, KTAMS, KTÖS, KTOEÖS, Tıp-İş, Türk-Sen, Dev-İş, Güç-Sen, Hazine-Sen, Çağ-Sen, DAÜ-Sen and DAÜ-BİR-SEN.
More than 2 million blackcaps slaughtered in South Cyprus
Greek Cypriot Bird Observers Association declared that the illegal hunting of blackcaps by establishing traps in the Greek Cypriot side reached the most dramatic stage in the autumn of 2014 and more than 2 million blackcaps were slaughtered.
An authority from the Association Dr.Kleri Papazoğlu, declared the data collected by the association within this framework.
Papazoğlu said that illegal hunting of blackcaps prevails generally in South Cyprus however it has been at the record levels in the British Base areas. Papazoglu pointed out that blackcaps are being served in almost every restaurant in the Greek Cypriot side.
4 persons arrested due to human trafficking in South Cyprus
4 persons including a doctor who are supposed to be the members of an international human trafficking gang have been arrested in South Cyprus.
Greek Cypriot daily Politis noted that the gang brings the people especially from India in return for 9,000 Euros and employ them illegally.
Regulation on racism in Greek Cypriot schools
According to the news of the Greek Cypriot daily Politis, Greek Cypriot Education Ministry has prepared a regulation defining rules of conduct related to dealing with racism in schools and how to adopt an anti-racism culture.
The newspaper stated that a panel was organized with the participation of Greek Cypriot Education Minister Kostas Kadis yesterday within the framework of the program for implementation of the regulation.
According to the news, Greek Cypriot Minister Kadis stated that the purpose of the regulation concerning the definition of the rules of conduct is to determine the reasons causing racism and to take measures in order to resist against these.
Project for Köprülü Bird Watching Centre continues
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Hakan Dinçyürek examined the studies of project for Köprülü Bird Watching Centre on site. The project is conducted together with European Union, Beyarmudu Municipality and North Cyprus Society for Protection of Birds and Nature (KUŞKOR) and is aimed to be completed in 2016.
Hakan Dinçyürek made a statement following the examination and stated that the aim was to organize tourism and eco-day activities especially during the migration time of the birds.
Dinçyürek explained that the project will enable the people to visit the area in groups without scaring the birds. The project coordinator of the EU Support Office Alessandra Viezzer pointed out that the project is a study supported by the EU and added that the factor of cooperation is in the foreground.
Viezzer drew attention that the project is an important project because municipalities, non-governmental organizations and central administrations move together and make efforts. Stating that the project is supported within the context of aid program for Turkish Cypriot community, Viezzer said “it is one of the projects considered very important by the European Union”.
International Women Art Workshop begins in Girne
International Women Art Workshop” has begun in Girne.
Artists from the TRNC, Turkey, Belgium, Bosnia, India and Ukraine made presentations in the activity and wall painting works have been realized.
The finalized works will be exhibited in the Exhibition Hall of Girne Public Library.
‘Anastasiades must make Cyprus problem position clear’
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades is not clear on what he wants for the Cyprus problem, Greek Cypriot main opposition leader Andros Kyprianou said on Tuesday, accusing him of widening the gap between the two sides.
“It’s Anastasiades who must make clear what he wants in the Cyprus problem,” the AKEL leader said. “So far, I haven’t understood what he wants.”
Kyprianou said his party had submitted many proposals to Anastasiades who did not listen.
One of them was to continue talks from the point former Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias left them “warning that if he hadn’t it would provide Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu with the opportunity to get out of the pledges he made.”
Anastasiades wanted to start over.
“We told him the only thing he would achieve was to widen the gap. Unfortunately this is what happened,” Kyprianou said.
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