Akıncı receives UK Labour Party MPs
President Mustafa Akıncı yesterday received UK Labour Party Members of Parliament, Fabian Hamilton and Khalid Mahmood.
During the reception, the President and UK MPs discussed the negotiation process and its latest developments.
President Akıncı told the MPs that the Turkish Cypriot people are committed to ensuring bi-zonal, bi-communal federal settlement on the basis of equality, freedom and security as soon as possible, and added that all the initiatives and steps taken in this regard have been accepted by all parties.
Stating that the Enosis decision taken by the Greek Cypriot parliament harms the negotiation process, Akıncı said that the Greek Cypriot Administration should show the will and determination necessary for a settlement.
President Akıncı also received the British High Commissioner, Matthew Kidd and his accompanying delegations yesterday.
Citizens can obtain TRNC Identity Card by applying to the TRNC Ankara Embassy and İstanbul Consulate General
Within the framework of the e-identity card application, citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will be able to obtain the TRNC identity card by applying to the TRNC Embassy in Ankara and TRNC Consulate General in İstanbul.
In a statement, Interior Minister Kutlu Evren said that the changes are part of a series of initiatives designed to make the lives of TRNC citizens on the island and abroad easier. He added that a number of these projects are complete, or close to finalisation.
Evren announced that the e-Identity Card Application System came into service as of yesterday for TRNC citizens living in İstanbul and Ankara, and expressed his hope that the project would be beneficial to those citizens.
Minister Evren also said that works have begun in order to expand the initiative for the İzmir, Mersin, London, Berlin, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Baku and Rome Consulates and Foreign Representatives, and that people will be able to start applying for the E-Identity Card as soon as possible.
Turkish Prime Minister Yıldırım to arrive in the TRNC today
The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım will be in the TRNC for a working visit today.
Yıldırım will meet with President Mustafa Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber and Prime Minister Hüseyin Özgürgün as part of his visit.
During his visit, Yıldırım will discuss the latest developments in the negotiation process, and the ways in which to develop closer cooperation between Turkey and the TRNC.
Yıldırım is expected to address the public as part of his visit.
North Cyprus represented at the ITB Berlin tourism fair
North Cyprus is being represented at ITB Berlin tourism fair, known as the world’s largest tourism fair.
The opening ceremony of the fair was held yesterday, and the showcase will be open to visitors until the 12th of March. North Cyprus is being represented at the fair using a stand designed using the concept of “a Cyprus house”.
Traditional foods will be handed out to visitors at the stand, served by people in traditional folk dress.
On the first day of the ITB Berlin Fair, Turkish Cypriot Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, Hüseyin Yayman visited the TRNC stand, accompanied by a number of officials and tourism professionals.
Çavuşoğlu said that he found the North Cyprus stand very successful, and that the success of the project proves that Turkish Cypriots are prepared for a solution, even under international isolation.
“Both sides should be ready for a solution,” said Çavuşoğlu. He also noted that the Greek Cypriot side has not given up its dream for Enosis, and that the embargoes against the TRNC must be lifted as soon as possible.
Çavuşoğlu also indicated that they were making efforts together with the TRNC government and the Ministry of Tourism to promote the TRNC to visitors. He said that the stand was a good example, reflecting both the cultures and traditions of Cyprus.
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