TRNC Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber stressed that the political embargoes and isolation imposed on the TRNC should not preclude the representation of Turkish Cypriot people in the international arena.

Siber, who has been in Russia for the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly, referred to a speech delivered by Putin which stated that “parliamentarians who are elected by the people through the democratic process should not be subject to international restrictions.”

Pointing out that the Turkish Cypriot people have their own democratically elected parliament, Siber said that the imposed political embargoes and diplomatic isolation should not preclude representation of the Turkish Cypriot people in the international arena. She stressed the importance of dialogue as a solution to conflict in the world today and noted the paradox inherent in isolating representatives who have been elected by the Turkish Cypriot people.

Siber also added that listening to only one side on the Cyprus issue, a longstanding dispute, is against the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s dialogue and communication policy.

Expressing hope that positive steps will be taken on this issue and that all restrictions will be lifted on Turkish Cypriot representatives in the future, she said the TRNC government will continue to promote its initiatives and efforts on this issue on every platform.

Siber stated that it made little sense to withhold the TRNC’s observer status to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the largest and oldest inter-parliamentary union in the world, given that the TRNC has been accepted in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and has also been granted observer status within the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Kahraman: “Turkey is not an occupying state”

Addressing speakers and parliamentarians at the 137th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Turkey’s Speaker of the Grand National Assembly İsmail Kahraman responded to Greek Cypriot and Armenian officials’ comments on Turkey’s relationship with the TRNC.

Pointing out that Turkey had always acted in accordance with the Zurich and London Agreements, Kahraman said: “Turkey is not an occupying state. Cyprus has not been occupied since 1974. The Zurich and London Agreements name Turkey and the UK as guarantor powers. Turkey is on the island in accordance with these agreements. Referring to the Turkish presence as an “occupation” is misleading. A military coup was staged on the island and Turkey used its guarantor rights in accordance with the law.”

Ataoğlu: TRNC tourism industry will grow despite obstacles from Greek Cypriot side

TRNC Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu said the TRNC will continue to promote its tourism industry despite the political embargo and obstacles imposed on the island.

Speaking at an event in Gaziantep, Ataoğlu stated that the Ministry will continue to work with stakeholders to encourage tourists to visit the TRNC.

Emphasizing that the Ministry is working to make all tourist projects sustainable, Ataoğlu stated that the Greek Cypriot side has disrupted successes achieved in the recent period, referring to Israeli tourists arriving in Larnaca Airport who were prevented from entering the TRNC by the Greek Cypriot Administration.

The Minister stated: “We will continue to work tirelessly to promote our country against all the obstacles created by the Greek Cypriot side, and to increase tourism revenue in the country. These obstacles only motivate us to be more successful.”

Funeral ceremony held for missing person İsmail Bekir

The recently identified remains of Martyr İsmail Bekir will be laid to rest today at the Boğaz Martyrs’ Cemetery following noon prayers at the Göçmenköy Mosque.

İsmail Bekir’s remains were identified by the Committee on Missing Persons and were recovered as part of excavations carried out at the Tekke Bahçe cemetery in Lefkoşa.

The remains of Yusuf Ahmet and Müesser Kemal which were lost in the 1960s have also been identified as a result of the Committee on Missing Persons’ recent excavations and were laid to rest with military ceremonies at Tekke Bahçe cemetery.

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