Thursday, October 16th, 2014


RoC sole owner of the island?


President Derviş Eroğlu pointed out that the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades wrongly assumes the Greek Cypriot side as the sole owner of the island and sovereignty only belonged to them and added: “If it was the case there wouldn’t be any need for negotiations”. Eroğlu indicated that the reason of the dilemma Anastasiades faced recently can be explained by his unwillingness to start the give-and-take process in the negotiations and lack of political will in reaching a comprehensive settlement. Eroğlu said that from now on the international community isRead More

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami: “Suspension of negotiations is shocking”


Foreign Minister Özdil Nami: “Significance of reaching a settlement has become apparent”   Foreign Minister Özdil Nami expressed that suspension of the negotiations constitutes a shocking development and has led all involved to become concerned. Özdil Nami also mentioned that the significance of finding a settlement to the Cyprus issue has become more apparent, particularly in light of the threats created by the instability in the overall region. Speaking before the General Assembly of the Parliament, Foreign Minister Nami stated that it is an unacceptable approach for the Greek Cypriot leadershipRead More

Paradise Lost -Please can we have it back?

A harmonious view

The cry from the residents of Hurma Sokak, Lapta “NIMBY, please!’, is what the residents of Hurma Sokak have been crying to the Lapta municipality for two years. Two years of having a rubbish dump in their eyes and noses and lives, two years of stinks up their noses, sounds of lumbering lorries, vile views and everything to indicate that the little patch of the Island known as Paradise, has turned out to be a very definite ‘Paradise Lost. –  hence their cry of  “Not in my back yard, please!” ToRead More

Events for you, designed by A.T.A.

For th e Anglo Turkish Association the summer is over and activities are about to begin. Activities which the current committee hope will be of interest not only to members but anyone who wishes to enjoy meeting like minded people and participating in events which will add to their lives in Northern Cyprus in a positive, informative and enjoyable way. “We are trying to find things that are different” said Pearl Mitchell, who works tirelessly for the association “And as a committee we are tyring to find some very ‘different’Read More

Eroğlu: “Reactions against the Greek Cypriot footballer’s transfer is another example of Greek Cypriot fanaticism”

Eroğlu: “Reactions against the Greek Cypriot footballer’s transfer is another example of Greek Cypriot fanaticism”  President Eroğlu stated that opposition of a group in South Cyprus against the Greek Cypriot footballer who will play football in TRNC is yet another example showing Greek Cypriot fanaticism. Eroğlu also expressed that embargo on sports is meaningless. Stating that although Cyprus problem was created by the Greek Cypriots, they are accepted in the  European Union and Turkish Cypriots are left to live under embargoes. Eroğlu pointed out that in order to improve themselvesRead More

Tea for Seventy people equals food for seventy dogs

What makes a successful charity fund raiser? The answer lies in Sunday 12th October ‘s event at The Black Olive Restaurant and Studio at Alsancak, when Vikki Karagac arranged Tea for Seventy in aid of the animal Shelter at Lefkosa. The event was so successful that others are asking Vicki to make it an annual event. Vicki has not yet committed herself. Two days of hard labour of cooking, serving up, playing hostess  and encourager, dealing with the bookings the phone, the computer, visitors and in the morning ensuring allRead More

Ercin: “European Union did not give enough support to the solution”

Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry Erhan Ercin said that European Union did not give enough support to solution and added it also failed in motivating the Greek Cypriot side for a solution. Erhan Ercin pointed out that the transfer of Turkish Cypriot Task Force from European Commission Directorate General for Enlargement to the Directorate General for Regional Policy without any consultation and without conferring with sides and member countries is a mistake. Ercin said “In a possible solution, Directorate-General for Regional Policy has no notion on re-launching of the acquis. This can be doneRead More

Preservation works on Agios Nikolas Church has been completed

Immediate action and preservations works concerning Agios Nikolas Church located in Yayla has been completed with the cooperation of Cultural Heritage Technical Committee, European Union and UN Development Programme attending a ceremony held yesterday for the completion of the project. Members of the Cultural Heritage Technical Committee Ali Tuncay and Takis Hadjidemetriou made statements regarding the occasion and said completion of this project  provided  cooperation and the preservation of the hopes for a peaceful future that Turkish and Greek Cypriots will understand each other.

Crises are solved at the table

Speaker of the Assembly Siber: “Crises are solved at the table…Greek Cypriots should return to the table”   Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber said if there is a crisis this should be solved at the table and running away from the table will deepen it. Siber pointed out that negative statements made by both sides may create further tension and may drive the communities away from a solution and peace. Siber said: “we want to see this crisis ending and with the active role of the UN, resumption ofRead More


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No Punch and Judy this, but ‘That’s the way to do it.’

The recent International Animal Welfare Conference which took place in Istanbul recently, with delegates from twenty seven countries, provided some very interesting facts on animal care globally. Representatives of Kyrenia Animal Rescue attended, and a report will (hopefully) follow later .  One of the countries where much is happening regarding animal welfare is India, Luke Gambel of W.V.S is conducting a ‘Mission Rabies’  and where 60,000 dogs were vaccinated in 28 days in 12 locations across India. Read all about it on Where for many years, and still today,Read More

Greek Cypriots report that North’s population up by 34,136 since 2004

Last Wednesday, 8th October, the Greek Cypriot online newspaper Famagusta Gazette wrote that the Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis newspaper had printed an article using population data from the ‘Registry of births department’. The quotes always denote what those in the Greek Cypriot sector of the island consider a pseudo north Cyprus body that is not under the Republic of Cyprus [RoC] control. They wrote about the births and deaths in the TRNC [they call it ‘the occupied area of Cyprus’] over the last ten years and stated that there wereRead More

‘A Good Coffee Morning’ at the sumptuous Savoy for NCCCT

“A good coffee morning!” was Angela Hasman’s understatement when sharing the results of the monthly North Cyprus Cancer Charity Trust event, held on Tuesday morning at the sumptuous Ottoman style Savoy Hotel in the heart of Kyrenia. With around one hundred and sixty people raising around three thousand lira, it was one of the best in the Trust’s history. The good cakes ran out, and so did the seating, and staff of the hotel were wheeling in extra chairs just so that people could at least sit to drink theirRead More

Be Pink with us

The Golden Girls go Pink to ensure that cancer patients’ lives might be pinker. In keeping with the spirit of the month of October which is Pink for Cancer, the Golden Girls , Sue Tilt and Carole King, have topped their crowning glories with pink hair dye.  The message is clear – they don’t want to be missed, they don’t want you to miss Pink Month, and they don’t want Tulips to miss out on any monies. As they have thrown themselves into this campaign in arranging events encouraging participationRead More

Eide: “At the moment I cannot say anything about how the negotiations will resume”

Speaking following his meeting with President Eroğlu, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide stated last week that there is nothing concrete on how the Greek Cypriot side will  return back to the negotiation table. Eide stated that the essence of the negotiations and the mobility in the sea which caused withdrawal of Greek Cypriot administration from the negotiations were discussed in the meetings held with Anastasiades and with Eroğlu, and added that he tried to encourage the leaders for finding a recipe for overcoming the problems. Stating thatRead More

Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the Talks of the UN negotiation process

Turkish Foreign Ministry reacted to the decision of the Greek Cypriot side not to participate in the talks of the UN negotiation process which resumed on 11 February 2014. In the Ministry’s statement it was stressed that  the Cyprus problem cannot be settled only through the  efforts of the Turkish Cypriot side and guarantor Turkey. It is also said in the statement that, “The attempts of the Greek Cypriot Administration to unilaterally make use of the natural resources of the Island, motivated by the illusion that it is the soleRead More

An SOS from KAR – help on two fronts needed

Help for Dogs at Rescue centre, and help for the Rescue Centre itself. First is an SOS for Sam and Scruff – they need your help.  “Two dogs named Sam (a GSD) and Scruff (a cross GSD) have had to be taken in at the KAR Rescue Centre following the sad death of their owner Mike Alican.  Unfortunately Mike had not made any prior arrangements for the dogs welfare and there were no family members willing to give them a home. An appeal for funds to help pay for SamRead More

Walk tall, walk pink for Tulips

Friday 17th October is the day that The Karsiyaka Walkers and Talkers have organised two walks in aid of Tulips and are encouraging everyone to wear something pink (even if it’s just your socks!) and donate 5TL to Tulips for their Pink Month. Spokesperson for the group informs that both walks which commence at 9.30a.m. will be taken at a leisurely place. Although short notice the two walks are as follow, : Walk 1: This walk will start at the Muhtar’s Office in Karsiyaka. This monastery walk will take youRead More

Stumped!!! It most certainly is not ‘cricket’!

    Shock news received by the TRNC Cricket Club in the last few days, was met with the gritty determination to overcome setbacks, which has become the hall mark of this remarkable club. Team manager Nigel Holman refused to be fazed by the UN’s decision that he says came completely out of the blue, to deny the Club access into the Buffer Zone directly from North Cyprus, despite having again uniquely gained permission from the Turkish Army to go through their base. Nigel wouldn’t be drawn on the possibleRead More

An opportunity for you to help eradicate polio for ever

Friday the 24th October is World Polio Day, and Rotary International is asking Rotarians world wide to support the project ‘End Polio Now’ by having fund raising events, which funds will be matched 2:1 by the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’. The Liman Rotary of Kyrenia is organising a special evening event in order to play their part in this appeal when it is hoped that this final push might enable this crippling and potentially fatal disease to be wiped from the face of the earth. Anyone is welcome toRead More