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TRNC News 28.9.2017 Foreign Ministry: Textbooks delivered to Dipkarpaz schools

TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding the delivery of textbooks to be taught at primary and secondary schools in Dipkarpaz for the 2017-2018 academic year. The statement is as follows:

Foreign Ministry: “Textbooks were delivered, without any problem, to the schools in Dipkarpaz”.

“We condemn the statement of the Greek Cypriot Minister of Education claiming that we have prohibited the delivery of textbooks to be taught at primary and secondary schools in Dipkarpaz for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Greek Cypriot administration has, once again, resorted to lies in an attempt to slander the reputation of our authorities.

As a routine procedure, the textbooks to be used in these Greek Cypriot schools are conveyed each year to our Ministry via the United Nations Peacekeeping Force (UNFICYP) in order to be screened for content. For the aforementioned period, 107 primary and 149 secondary school books in Greek; 23 English books and 3 French books were conveyed to our Ministry. As a result of the screening by our relevant departments, only 3 primary school and 5 secondary school books were found objectionable in terms of their content. These books, which have content inciting enmity and contradictory to the notion of living in peace and tolerance, were accordingly sent back to the Greek Cypriot side via the UNFICYP, with the request that they be revised to include material which would entice sentiments of mutual respect among the two peoples.

Today, the said books were delivered, without any problem, to the primary and secondary schools in Dipkarpaz by the UNFICYP.

Against this background, it is shameful that the Greek Cypriot Minister has chosen to politically exploit even a matter which involves the education of his own community’s children by trying to create the impression that they are victimized at these schools.”

Özgürgün: “Turkish Water Project will change the fate of the island”

Prime Minister Özgürgün welcomed Ali Yücelen, President of the Young Businessmen’s Association of Turkey (TÜGİAD) and his accompanying delegation yesterday to the TRNC.

At the reception, Özgürgün stated that the TRNC aims to develop its cooperation with Turkey in every field. The Prime Minister praised the many important contributions Turkey makes to the island, particularly in infrastructure, and said that Turkey’s new water project will change the fate of the island.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office –

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