By Chris Elliott……

Having had ongoing contact with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Margaret Sheard and I were delighted to be asked by their new Undersecretary, Ismet Esenyel to help facilitate a meeting with representatives of English speaking NGO’s in Northern Cyprus and this meeting took place today at the OTEM Center Girne.

Attending the meeting:                            

Anglo Turkish Association (ATA)        The British Residents Society (BRS)

       Pearl Mitchell                              Stephen Day and Mike Maternaghan

The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)

Heinz Nauroth, Ralph Kratzer and Naci Kaya

Royal British Legion (RBL)       British Cemetery Commission

Brian Thomas BEM                                Tim Harris.

The purpose of this meeting was for the Ministry of Tourism and Environment to meet and make contact with representatives of English speaking NGOs to learn of the concerns and difficulties of expatriates living in Northern Cyprus so that these issues could be studied and where possible solutions found.

This first meeting today, 7th September 2016, brought forward a number of key issues which Ismet Esenyel said he would look into and come back with answers and proposals.

He further added that he was delighted to have met those present and would like to have further meetings and was asked to continue to help by arranging further meetings and keep all delegates informed.

The next meeting is to be arranged and Margaret Ray of Kyrenia Animal Rescue will also be attending and where possible, cyprusscene will help provide progress reports for the media.


Left to Right : Chris Elliott, Margaret Sheard, Mike Maternaghan, Pearl Mitchell, Heinz Nauroth, Stephen Day, Ismet Esenyel, Naci Kaya, Ralph Kratzer and Brian Thomas