TRNC News 15th October 2018


  1. Erhürman: “We will continue to work insistently and persistently” …
  2. Nami: “No positive answer to our call” …
  3. Özyiğit participated in the 13th General Conference of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) …
  4. Parliamentary delegation in Geneva

Erhürman: “We will continue to work insistently and persistently”

The opening cocktail reception of the International Dr. Fazıl Küçük Sport Games was held by Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman on Friday at the Acapulco Hotel. The activity is to be held with the participation of 431 sportsmen from 19 countries between the dates 10-28 October, 2018.

In his speech, Erhürman pointed out the current stage of Cyprus and the importance of hosting more than 400 sportsmen in the country.

Erhürman stressed “We will continue to work insistently and persistently”.

Nami: “No positive answer to our call”

Minister of Economy and Energy Özdil Nami said that he had called his counterparts on the Greek Cypriot side many times to make cooperation on the issue of energy but he never received a positive answer to his calls.

Answering the questions of a TAK correspondent regarding the economy and agenda, Minister Nami said that there are very important developments around the island of Cyprus which can affect the future of the country, and the issue of natural gas takes first place. Stressing that as the Ministry of Economy and Energy, they have been following the issue closely with their collocutors in Turkey, Nami said “We made calls to our contacts on the Greek Cypriot side on the issue of both electricity and natural gas. Unfortunately, we have not had any positive answer up to now. The Greek Cypriot side preferred to take steps unilaterally so the Turkish Cypriot side had to take their own steps. The Greek Cypriot side has made agreements with American, French and Italian companies so we, as the Turkish Cypriot side, took the same step with Turkey”.

Noting that there should be no doubts that they will continue to protect the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriot people on the issue, Nami said that the necessary steps have been taken in cooperation with Turkey and will continue to be taken.

Özyiğit participated in the 13th General Conference of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)

The Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit participated in the 13th General Conference of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), organized by ISESCO, which operates under the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in which the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is an observer member.

The conference, which was attended by representatives and Ministers of Education, Science, Culture and Communication and the authorities of international organizations from 54 member countries and 3 observer member countries, was held at the ISESCO headquarters in Rabat, Morocco.

In his speech at the conference, Özyiğit gave information about the fields of education and culture in the TRNC.

Stating that the international character and diversity of higher education is clearly visible in the TRNC, which has approximately 100,000 students from 145 different countries and academicians from 65 different countries, Özyiğit said that the number of scholarships granted to the students from the member states who want to study in TRNC’s universities under the “Education Exchange Program” has increased from 10 to 20 in 2018, and he also added that the relationship in the higher education field could be further developed.

Özyiğit also exchanged views especially with the Minister of Culture and Communication of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mohamed Laaraj, ISESCO Director General, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri; and Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan Garayev Abulfas Mursal Oglu as well as the education and culture ministers of some member countries regarding the international exchange programs and the opportunities of higher education in our country.

Parliamentary delegation in Geneva

Three MPs who participated in the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, representing the TRNC Assembly, attended the “Cyprus Facilitators Group” meeting.

Republican Turkish Party Lefkoşa Deputy Fikri Toros, National Unity Party Gazimağusa Deputy Oğuzhan Hasipoğlu and People’s Party Girne Deputy Erek Çağatay participated in the meeting held within the framework of the General Assembly.

It was stated that at the meeting they exchanged views and discussed how to overcome the deadlock on the Cyprus issue after the negotiations in Crans-Montana and they put forward their intention that the negotiations should aim to be result-oriented and to conclude in a short period of time.