TRNC News Today 24th March 2016
Akıncı met with Pittella
President Mustafa Akıncı met with the leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella who is having contacts in Cyprus. No statement was made about the meeting.
Pittella also visited the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and 2nd President of the TRNC Mehmet Ali Talat.
In his speech at the meeting, Talat expressed his sadness regarding the terrorist attack in Brussels and he stated that the whole of humanity is shocked by these attacks.
Talat also stated that he is ready to hold meetings and exchange views with the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats.
Moreover, Talat said that Pittella’s visit to the island will help to improve their relations. Touching upon the Cyprus negotiations process, Pitella said he was visiting the island to contribute to the peace and the reunification process, adding that they supported a solution on the island based on the EU values and the UN resolutions.
“‘Boycott’ is winning the elections with 22.2%” in South Cyprus
According to a survey released by “Sigma TV” in South Cyprus yesterday, “boycott” will win the elections and 22 percent of the Greek Cypriots will not vote at the general parliamentary elections to be held in May in the Greek Cypriot side.
Greek Cypriot daily Fileftheros reported that now 22 percent of the Greek Cypriots will not vote in elections and according to the level of parties, the first party will be DİSİ with 20.2 percent vote and AKEL will follow with 16.4 percent.
The newspaper also reported that if an election is conducted next week, DIKO 8.1%, Citizens Alliance 4.1% and EDEK will take 4% of the votes.
According to the survey of “Prime Consulting” company which was conducted between the dates of 14-19 March, 4 out of 10 Greek Cypriots looked positively to the country’s being governed by the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades.
On the other hand, the Greek Cypriot daily Simerini reported that 86% of the Greek Cypriots will reject a solution which will abolish the Republic of Cyprus.
According to the survey, the newspaper also reported that 86 percent of the Greek Cypriots reject the Turkish guarantees while 59% of Greek Cypriots will not accept a plan that will include rotating presidency.
The highest of the last 14 years – 83,375 students
The number of students studying in higher education has reached the highest of the last 14 years. The total number of registered students in universities has increased 13.9% compared with the 2014 – 2015 academic year and has reached 83,375 students.
There was a significant increase in the number of students studying in universities especially after the 2010-2011 academic year. Students from Turkey and other countries have chosen North Cyprus for university education which has resulted in the opening of 7 new universities in last 10 years.
Education Minister Kemal Dürüst stated that the dream of 100.000 students in higher education will be realised.
“The oldest missing person” Nezire Sadık Çelebi to be buried on Friday
Nezire Sadık Çelebi, who was over 100 years old when she was martyred in Selçuklu village and recorded as “the oldest missing person”, will be buried with military ceremony on Friday, 25 March.
Çelebi could not leave the village during the events due to being confined to bed and she was martyred in her bed when the Greek Cypriots bombed the village.
The remains of Nezire Sadık Çelebi were found in a ruined and burned house.
Çelebi has been recorded as “the oldest missing person.”
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