The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)
Talk by Dr Sibel Siber
By Margaret Sheard….
As members of the Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR), we were delighted to hear that arrangements had been made for Dr Sibel Siber to attend the weekly get-together at Açmenya Restaurant in Alsancak to give a talk to the members.
Dr Siber was born in Nicosia in 1960 and studied at the Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, graduating in 1983, becoming an internal specialist in Sisli Eftal Hospital. In 1989 Dr Siber studied Diabetics and Endocrinology at the University of Virginia in the USA and in 2000 she studied rheumatism illnesses at the University of Rush, Chicago.
In 2009 Dr Siber was elected as an MP for Nicosia from CTP-BG and in 2013 she was appointed as interim Prime Minister and asked to form a government by President Eroğlu. She was re-elected as an MP from CTP-BG on 28th July 2013. During Dr Siber’s time as interim Prime Minister many expatriates were very impressed with what she achieved in this short period and would welcome her having a further opportunity of expanding her plans for the future.
Dr Sibel Siber was elected as Speaker of the TRNC Parliament on 4th September 2014 and is currently standing as a candidate for the TRNC Presidential elections in April 2015, therefore it is so much appreciated that she was able to give some of her valuable time to talk to the members of TFR.
There was a very good attendance by the TFR members with many expressing their hope that Dr Siber is successful and will be elected President. Dr Siber arrived accompanied by her team and her husband and also Ahmet Muratoğlu – Private Secretary to the President of the Legislative Assembly.
Heinz Nauroth, the Chairman of TFR welcomed Dr Siber and her team and advised her about TFR which was registered in 1998 and now has 300 members from 22 different nationalities. He then handed the meeting over to Sibel Siber, who spoke in English about the issues in the country since 2004 when there had been an ideal opportunity for a solution but unfortunately this was not achieved.
Dr Siber stated that in the role of President she would like to bring in a new understanding and her motto is ‘things must change from now on’ with emphasis on democracy, human rights, the environment and cultural issues. She would intend to set up working groups covering these areas.
There then followed a question and answer time and some members raised concerns which were dealt with by Dr Siber, including, residency and citizenship, expertise available from retired expatriates who have a wealth of knowledge which could be utilised, title deeds, mortgages, banks etc. There was also a question about the number of civil servants in the government and another about the length of time expatriates can be out of the country without affecting their residency. Dr Siber answered all of the questions and stated that the main problem is being an unrecognised country and she will be fighting against the isolations and embargoes.
Heinz Nauroth, Chairman of The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR) thanked Dr Siber on behalf of the members for her time and wished her every success in the forthcoming Presidential election.