TRNC News Today 14th October 2015
Çolak to attend “8th Global Forum on Migration and Development”
Foreign Minister Emine Çolak went to İstanbul today in order to attend the “8th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit Meeting” hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Feridun Sinirlioğlu between the dates of 14-16 October in İstanbul.
Minister Çolak will attend the forum as the Head of Committee which is comprised of Private Secretary Hüseyin Özel, Immigration Office Director Hasan Hacılar, State Planning Organization Planning Specialist Orhan Çağansel and Vice Director of Immigration Office of Police General Directorate Chief Inspector Fevzi Öztümen who will accompany Minister Çolak.
The summit is comprised of issues such as states, international organizations, cooperation between civil society and private sector and effective management of international migration. Foreign Minister Çolak will also hold various contacts during the Summit in which senior officials of international organizations and representatives of non-governmental organizations will participate.
Akıncı: “The future should be built to take a lesson from the past”
President Mustafa Akıncı stated that the parties differently interpreted the bi-zonality in Cyprus, but the future should be built to take a lesson from the past.
“Our region is in a chaotic environment. In the present situation, the region needs a good example as well. From this chaotic environment there is a conjuncture from which some good examples can be realized such as unification, integration, cooperation, win together, being unifier instead of being discriminator and to create win-win situations.” Akıncı said.
President Mustafa Akıncı who delivered the Eastern Mediterranean University’s 2015 – 2016 Academic Year’s first lesson entitled “The Place of Universities in the Cyprus Conflict” reminded that some alternatives are available other than a federal structure in Cyprus and he gave the issues of Azerbaijan and Karabağ as examples.
Craig: “I hope I will be first and last global advocate to see landmines on this island”
Actor Daniel Craig, who was appointed as the UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards paid his first visit to Cyprus and he said “I hope I will be the first and last Global Advocate to see landmines on this beautiful island”.
Craig became familiar with the widespread existence of mines while filming movies in Cambodia. “For these peacekeepers to take their expertise, gleaned over the last 40 years in Cambodia, and make it available to the people of Cyprus, half-way around the world, is truly inspiring,” he said.
In the statement, it is said that over the last decade UN de-miners have removed over 27,000 landmines from the UN buffer zone in Cyprus. A total of 74 minefields comprising of 9.7 square kilometres of land have been cleared throughout the buffer zone. The cleared areas can now be used for agriculture. Today it is estimated that thousands of landmines still exist in Cyprus.
“The fact that the UN Global Advocate chose to come to Cyprus for his first mission, at a time when de-mining demonstrates positive momentum in the peace process, is significant. His visit draws attention to the UN’s long-expressed goal of achieving a mine-free Cyprus for all,” said Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission Lisa Buttenheim.
European Commission to appoint “Focal Points”
Greek Cypriot daily Fileleftheros wrote that the European Commission will appoint officials to the Turkish Cypriot community attached to the EU general directorates considered as “focal points” in order to assume the tasks of presenting the EU norms.
Repeating that the main objective of all these efforts is to regulate the Turkish Cypriot compliance with the EU norms without experiencing any delays in case of a possible solution, the newspaper said that the inclusion of the general directorates in the alignment of the Turkish Cypriots to the EU norms is necessary.
According to the news, the general directorate officials who will undertake the duty of ensuring compliance of the Turkish Cypriots with the EU norms, will travel to Cyprus and will be in contact with the Turkish Cypriot community.
European Commissioner Cretu to visit Cyprus
European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu will visit Cyprus on 15-16 October.
Commissioner Cretu is expecting to meet with President Mustafa Akıncı and civil society representatives from the Turkish Cypriot community. The Commissioner will visit Bedesten (St. Nicholas Church), which was renovated by the EU’s financial aid program for the Turkish Cypriot community, and the Bandabuliya with Lefkoşa Turkish Municipality Mayor Mehmet Harmancı.
In a statement ahead of the visit, Commissioner Cretu said that the aim of her visit is to identify what could be provided by the “Cohesion Policy” to the Republic of Cyprus in the field of growth and employment.
Cretu said: “As a Commissioner for Regional Policy my duty is to support the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and to promote contacts and dialogue.”
Gathering of TURKSOY and Altın Safran Documentary Film Festival
The gathering of photographers of TURKSOY and 16th International Altın Safran Documentary Film Festival was held between 5-11 October. In addition to the TRNC, 27 photographers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Bashkortostan, Gagauzia, Kabardino balkaria, Turkey, Tatarystan, Moscov, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, Crimea, Iran Turks, Iraq Turkmens and Saha-Yakut attended the 12th Gathering of Photographers of TURKSOY.
The 16th International Altın Safran Documentary Film Festival of which the main theme is “Cultural Heritage and Protectionism” was held by Safranbolu Municipality with the support of Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Ministry, Cinema General Directorate, Turkish Republic Prime Ministry Promotion Fund, Turkish World Municipality Union and TURKSOY.
Various activities such as panels, conversations, recitals and exhibitions took place at the festival which hosted the directors who excel in the documentary film sector in Turkey and in the world. 55 documentary films took part in the competition.
Photography exhibition of Panicos Neocleous to be opened in Girne
Greek Cypriot artist Panicos Neocleous’s individual photography exhibition entitled “Beauties of our Common Cyprus” which consists of 41 works of art and reflects the separate 41 years of the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots will be opened on Thursday 15 October, in Girne at the Grand Pasha Hotel.
Girne Mayor Nidai Güngördü expressed that he believes that art is the most important factor which will bring the two communities living in Cyprus closer and that they wished to contribute to peace with such an activity. Güngördü invited the people to visit the exhibition.
Who is Panicos Neocleus?
Panicos Neocleus was born in Tahtakale-Lefkoşa. He is an engineer, writer, painter and photograph artist. In the last 26 years, he organized many exhibitions and art activities with Turkish Cypriot artists in other countries. His two books were translated into Turkish. This exhibition is the fourth individual exhibition organized within two years.
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