Tony Woods


Is Anastasiades using an excuse for his unilateral withdrawal from talks?


Does RoC president still think he governs the whole island? Is he saying that he will not talk to Eroğlu until Turkey obeys him? It was announced earlier this week by Cyprus News Agency [CAN] and Cyprus Mail that the Greek Cypriot President of the Republic of Cyprus [RoC], Nicos Anastasiades, has pulled out of talks with the Turkish Cypriot President Derviş Eroğlu for the time being. The announcement was made by AKEL leader Andros Kyprianou after a meeting at the palace with South Cyprus political party leaders. The island’sRead More

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THE INDEPENDENT A write mess: How art was turned to ‘graffiti’ by hot Welsh weather It was supposed to be a temporary celebration of Snowdonia and its local sheep-farming communities but a 100-foot mural of a poem painted onto a cliff face that was supposed to come off in the rain, has now been described as nothing more than ‘graffiti’ after it became ‘cooked on’ after a hotter than expected summer. The Gathering/Yr Helfa was staged by the National Theatre of Wales (NTW) over three days last month on theRead More

Kyrenia District – some recent photos

Kyrenia Town Alsancak

Restoration Project on Apostolos Andreas Monastery starts – at long last

Apostolos Andreas Monastery 2005

With the passing of each year seeing more decay occurring to the fabric and surroundings of the fabled Monastery of Saint Andrew [Apostolos Andreas] at the tip of the Karpasian Panhandle of Cyprus it is pleasing to report that work has, at last, started on the long, long awaited development/renovation project.         Before the Cyprob was born, this monastery was venerated by both Christians and Muslims alike and attracted visitors from the many corners of the island and, in fact, the world. Remember that before the 1950sRead More

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WESTERN DAILY PRESS Devon busker to perform at London Literature Festival A busker in Devon will perform at one of the capital’s most prestigious venues after being plucked from obscurity when she was spotted playing in the street. Prize-winning poet Alice Oswald heard Griselda Sanderson busking in Totnes and asked her to join her on stage at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank as part of the London Literature Festival. She asked her to join the one-off performance of her work Tithonus – 46 minutes In The Life OfRead More

Tony’s TRNC Newsround

Petrol price peaks above international prices The cost of petrol peaked on 3rd July 2014 before dropping three times to 3.69 TL per litre. According to international markets, the price that we should be paying is 2.82 TL per litre. Turkey is, after Norway, Holland, Italy and Denmark, the ‘5th country with the most expensive petrol’. Fuel prices in north Cyprus are cheaper than those in both Turkey and south Cyprus. But considering that world petrol prices are around $1.28 per litre and North Cyprus pays $1.68 per litre (approx)Read More

How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago

I feel that I must post the whole of this BBC article – How Bosnia is helping identify Cypriots murdered 50 years ago – as to paraphrase it would lose so much of the detail. I hope that Fiona Hill will not mind. By Fiona Hill – BBC World Service In the 1960s and 1970s, hundreds of Cypriots disappeared. Now, there is a renewed effort to find out what happened to them – mass graves are being dug up and a laboratory in Sarajevo is helping to identify the bodies.Read More

A visit to the North Cyprus of yesteryear – 1995

Upon returning to the UK following a holiday in North Cyprus in November 1994 we showed our video and photos to many friends – probably bored them, if the truth is to be told – and two friends, Joan and David Gummer, decided to visit the TRNC the following November. Then, following their return, we watched their video and David was generous enough to allow me to copy it. This allowed me later to take a number of photos (video grabs) from it, that now make interesting viewing. A shortRead More

Two historic mosques to receive cash injection

The bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage announced that two mosques, one in Evretou/Evretu and the other in Tserkezoi/Çerkez, are included in new emergency measure projects. Phase 2 of the ‘Support to cultural heritage monuments is of great importance for Cyprus’ project includes both projects as fully funded by the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF). Ali Tuncay, a Turkish Cypriot technical committee member said: “These two mosques follow the first project by the Technical Committee the conservation project to Denia/Denya mosque which wasRead More

EU heritage prize for buffer zone’s Home for Cooperation

Located in a historic building in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia, opposite the Ledra Palace Hotel, the Home for Cooperation has been awarded a European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award for cultural heritage. The Home for Cooperation, launched by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research in 2011, encourages both communities to engage in historical research, cultural activities, dialogue and peace-building. The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is the most prestigious accolade in the cultural heritage sector and covers four areas: conservation;Read More

Some items of short news

Always the ‘Turkish invasion’ is brought up though that was forty years ago   Ever looking to drag the Republic of Cyprus’s distorted view of the events of 1974 into the international arena, Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Greek Cypriot Republic of Cyprus [RoC] used his speech at an event in his honour in London, hosted by the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood [?], as an opportunity to do just that. He was reporting that he believes that the RoC will be able to exit the bailout programme by the end ofRead More

BUT … EU plaque was presented in Nicosia on 16 September

Did the earlier Press Release have its facts wrong as 16 September saw the Local Award Ceremony for the Home for Cooperation as winner of a 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award in the Conservation Category. The event took place in the Buffer Zone at the Home for Cooperation when the EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou unveiled the plaque.

We know who Jack the Ripper was, appears again – like the ‘Cyprob’

Still more questions than answers. Having always been a ‘Ripper story’ fan, I became excited when I caught the Sunday Mail headline ‘WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Jack the Ripper unmasked: How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain’s most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders. The item in fact promoted the publication on Tuesday of a £16.99 book, Naming Jack The Ripper by Russell Edwards, about Catherine Eddowes’ murder and a stained shawl supposedly found near her body. In July Mr Edwards opened the ‘Official Jack The RipperRead More

Ruins of the Kingdom & City of Soli

Soli/Soloi is located in the northwestern part of the island, just outside the village of Gemikonağı, on the coast near Lefke beyond Güzelyurt. There is a yellow sign for Soli just after Gemikonağı that indicates that you should turn left, but, as it is not very big, the sign can easily be missed. From the turning, follow the road up past some houses to reach the site located on the lowland slopes near ample parking and a ticket office, where you will receive literature about the site. The ruins, made upRead More

Cyprus Football Association no idea yet how to deal with expected TC registrations

At its AGM on Tuesday the chairman of the Cyprus Football Association [CFA], Costakis Koutsokoumnis, said that before the end of the year he expects the first wave of Turkish Cypriot arrivals into the island’s governing body for football. A provisional agreement was signed at FIFA headquarters in Zurich earlier this year with Hasan Sertoglu, president of the Turkish Cypriot Football Association [CTFA]. “We expect the Turkish-Cypriots to begin making their requests to the join the CFA by the end of the year,” Koutsokoumnis told CFA members. “This is somethingRead More

Like the US’s Air Force One Erdoğan has new presidential jet

Likened by some observers to the United States’ Air Force One, Turkey’s new presidential jet, painted in the colours of the Turkish flag, landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport in the early hours of 29 August. The Airbus A330-200 Prestige, registered as TC-TUR, sports a three-day paint job of a crescent and a star with a tail that now reads ‘The Republic of Turkey’ in Turkish and English. The first use of the jet was to fly President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to his first official visit as Turkey’s president toRead More

Trading ceases for London-based Northern Cyprus and Turkey specialist holiday firm

As Lorenz Voyager Travel Company Ltd’s Green Island City Breaks, Green Island Holidays and Lorenz Voyager ceased to trade at the end of last week around one thousand holidaymakers potentially have had their holiday plans ruined. Specialising in holidays in Northern Cyprus and Turkey it had 150 ATOL protected passengers abroad at present and about one thousand with forward bookings. Clients holding flight numbers beginning with ‘FHY’ have been advised that their holidays have been cancelled. The Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] stated: “Consumers with any other flight numbers will haveRead More

Turkish water is free but electricity to pump it must be paid for

Speaking to BRT as the sea phase of the Turkish Water Project comes to an end, Hamit Bakırcı, the TRNC Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, said that the land phase will be completed in December this year. “By the end of 2015,” he said, “the water will reach homes throughout all of the TRNC.” He added that they had completed the piping to Nicosia so that now we will move on to the pipe installations from Kyrenia to Tatlisu and then to Famagusta and Iskele. More importantly, he said thatRead More

Electronic Passport Control System at air and sea ports by the year’s end

The TRNC Minister of the Interior, Teberrüken Ulucay, said recently that preparations are at the final stage to install the new electronic reader systems at all the border checkpoints allowing those holding micro chipped passports or identity cards to be dealt with faster and with ease. At the end of the year, those people will no longer be required to fill in forms at the border as the system, organised with full cooperation with the Police Department, comes on line. In amongst the released information reference is made to allRead More