TRNC News Today 13th April 2015
Ertuğ: “Eide has been declared persona non grata in South Cyprus”
Presidential spokesman Osman Ertuğ attended a television program and evaluated the latest developments on the Cyprus issue. Ertuğ said that UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus – Espen Barth Eide represents the International Community but he has almost been declared as persona non grata in South Cyprus. Ertuğ added “There is a new process in the future. Negotiations will continue from the stage where they were left off”. Ertuğ also stressed that both sides should work intensively to continue the process in a constructive and result oriented manner.
Furthermore, Ertuğ said that it has been observed clearly that the world has followed the Turkish Cypriots’ solution strategy. 6 months was a great loss because very important developments could have been realized during that process, even a referendum point could have been reached. It was seen once more that the Turkish Cypriot side follows a strategy of reconciliation. Underlining that the target is to hold a referendum within 2015, Ertuğ said that it will be understood at the negotiation table whether it is possible or not.
First ever Cricket Match between the TRNC and the Republic of Cyprus
A landmark cricket match has been announced between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus.
The TRNC Cricket Association recently approached their good friends in the South’s, Cyprus Cricket Association and they eagerly agreed to the historic game. The North’s Communications Manager Ian Fell further explained, it’s the first time the two countries have played each other at any sport in Cyprus and we are very excited about the prospect. The game is purely about the game we love and both Associations strongly feel sport is about bringing people together and politics have no place in it.
Richard Boxall, Secretary of the Cyprus Cricket Association added, “We are delighted that this match is taking place. It is our desire to see the development of the game of cricket throughout Cyprus, and we are very pleased to see the progress being made in the North thanks to the efforts of the TRNC Cricket Association. The match on 24th May will, I am sure, be keenly contested and will increase awareness of the sport of cricket and hopefully lead to increased participation. It will also provide a wonderful opportunity for all of Cyprus’s cricket community to get together to compete and to develop friendships. I can foresee further cooperation on the cricket field across Cyprus, and I hope this match will be the forerunner of many such encounters.”
TRNC Cricket Association’s Treasurer Paula Shirley said both our sponsors Creditwest and the Republic’s Money Gram are delighted to be connected with this high profile match which brings the parts of Cyprus closer together.
The game is being held at the 20 Temmuz Stadium in Girne on 24th May. Events Secretary Sue Turner said the Association is very keen to give the maximum possible number of people the opportunity to enjoy the match. So, it will be free to watch and with the Stadium’s excellent seating and facilities an outstanding day’s entertainment is expected.
(12 April 2015, Cyprus Scene)
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