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Jack Straw: “International community should accept the division in Cyprus”

Jack Straw

UK Former Foreign Affairs Minister Jack Straw called on the international community to accept the division in Cyprus, so that the two communities in Cyprus could develop their relations. Straw gave an interview to Anadolu Agency (AA) and said “If a bi-zonal, bi-communal, happy and united island is possible, it will be the best solution” when he was reminded of the problems faced in the negotiation process. Stating that, however, especially the Greek Cypriot side did not want to accept this, which was observed 10 years ago in the referendum for Annan Plan,  StrawRead More


Ahmet Davutoğlu: “There will be no hesitation in using our rights”

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reiterated the support of Turkey to the TRNC and said that  both peoples have  equal rights in the exclusive economic zone of the island  and there will be no hesitation in using these rights. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu added that Turkey reiterates its call for peace, solution and intensified negotiations at once in  Cyprus and said: “If this is not possible a joint committee should be established and the natural resources should be used for  promoting peace.  If the Greek Cypriot side say ‘no’Read More


The last issue of The Kibkom Times

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I have decided to close The Kibkom Times as from today, you may continue to enjoy the archives and share any information as you feel relevant (always mentioning the source, of course), until such time they may have to be removed. Thank you all for your faithful readership of the paper, and we wish you all the very best for the Festive Season to you and all you love.  It goes without saying that  all of us connected with The KibKom Times hope that the year of 2015 will hold manyRead More


“If the Greek side is devoted and sincere to reach a federal partnership, it should act to make it possible’’

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President Derviş Eroğlu emphasised  that Turkish Cypriot side is at the negotiation  table, however the  time for Greek Cypriot  side to decide what they want has already passed and  added that  “if they are devoted and sincere  to reach  a federal partnership, they should act in that direction to  make it possible” At the speech he gave on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the declaration of  TRNC, President Eroğlu stated that one of the happiest days of Turkish Cypriots is 15th of November 1983. Eroğlu said that “itRead More


Bozkır: “EP resolution has no validity for us”

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Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır stated that the resolution of European Parliament (EP) has no validity for Turkey. Bozkır made evaluation during a reception was held before the voting of the EP resolution, containing also the issues concerning the activities of Turkish seismic research vessel Barbaros Hayreddin Pasa, at the General Council. Stating that the incorrectness of the resolution was expressed during the meetings with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement NegotiationsRead More


Current opportunity should be evaluated

Vice President of Atlantic Council, a US based think tank, Damon Wilson said that there is a special window of opportunity for the solution of the  Cyprus problem and this opportunity should be evaluated. At a meeting with a group of journalists from both sides of the island that took place at  the Cyprus Community Media Center (CCMC) in the buffer zone, Wilson said that US Vice President Joe Biden knows and follows the Cyprus issue very well. Adding that US President Barack Obama is also interested in the CyprusRead More


Random Ramblings

Recently, leading up to and including the “Remembrance Day” celebration/commemoration events, a great deal has been made in the press and media about the bravery of the common soldiers and other servicemen who sacrificed their lives, especially during World War One. I have never gone against popular opinion (oh, yes you have cry people who know me!), but, while some service men and women, or even many of them, were indeed brave, but, in trench warfare, the “common (British) soldiers” were forced to advance across “no-man’s land” with the optionRead More


Two months into the St Andreas restoration project

Another view of the restoration work at St Andreas Monastery

This will be the first-ever collaboration between the communities on both sides of the UN-arbitrated Green Line as the Greek Orthodox Church is located in the northern, Turkish Cypriot part of the island. It has taking years for the two communities to agree to this restoration project that will require equal involvement and is seen by some as a test project that hopefully will be extended to other monuments. The creation, in 2008, of the Technical Committee for Cultural Heritage, co-chaired by a Turkish Cypriot and a Greek Cypriot, hasRead More


Never-ending story of demagoguery and fairytales

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LAST WEEK TUESDAY the general manager of Noble Energy (Cyprus) John Tomich put an end to the fairy-tale about the construction of a LNG terminal in Cyprus – a fairy-tale that had been served to the people of this country by all our political wizards in the last three years. Speaking at The Economist conference in Nicosia, Tomich surprised our politicians and journalists by stating that the quantities of gas found did not justify the construction of a liquefaction terminal on land or sea. This served as another reminder ofRead More


‘We are overwhelmed’ – Tulips girls well and truly in the pink

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At the end of the long Pink month of October, when numerous events took place , some organised by the Dynamic Golden Girls of Tulips and others organised by various bars, restaurants and more, all of whom wished to play their part in raising money and awareness for cancer, in particular for Tulips, the final total has now been announced. The ‘girls’ tell is how it is for them: By Sue Tilt and Carole King We have just finished collecting all the monies raised during Pink October and we haveRead More


CESV went for the ‘triple. – an honour to honour those who gave their lives for others to live

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It was an honour for members of the Civil Emergency Service Volunteers (CESV) to be asked to attend all three remembrance services as part of their duties. The first was held on Saturday evening at the Old British Cemetery, Girne to remember the sixty two police of three nationalities who fell in the line of duty during the Cyprus troubles between 1955 to 1959.  A monument to the British Cyprus police was unveiled and blessed by Reverend Wendy Hough and Reverend Canon David Wilbraham.  As the sun set over theRead More


Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu: “We shall move within the given rules of engagement”

Regarding tension arising from South Cyprus, Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu, said: “Rules of engagement have been conveyed by the Prime Ministry to the Office of Commander in Chief and by the Chief of Staff to the Commander of Naval Forces. In case of any conflict we will move within the given rules of engagement.” Bostanoglu said that they are closely and carefully watching all the developments in and around the seas and mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean. Bostanoglu said: “Turkish Naval Forces has been closelyRead More


Random Ramblings

A few days ago, preparing for a social evening with friends I opened, well, “tapped” I suppose, a 5 litre box of wine.  This action, compounded with a recent viewing of Simon Reeve’s travelogue about Australia, set my little brain into contemplation mode about how my, and, I presume other peoples, attitude to wine has changed over the recent decades. “When I were a lad” in Rhodesia, bars and shops were stocked mainly with beers and spirits, but very few wines, despite neighbouring South Africa being a major wine producer. Read More


Coffee Cup Conversations

Moving to a foreign country is a journey, an adventure, that opens doors to new cultures and to magical experiences. However, as much we say we are open to change, sometimes it’s nice to have familiar things around us that remind us of the things we know. It’s been twenty years since I moved out here from the UK and I’ve only been back to London a few times since. Personally there’s not much that I miss. I love my current life in North Cyprus too much to even thinkRead More


Xmas is a coming and the geese are getting fat – please put some money in Santa Bobs hat.

Bob Betts (Kim’s, from the KAR office, other half) who braved the icy sea off of Kerveransary beach last Christmas Day in aid of KAR is joining a group of like minded (mad !!) Catalkoy residents, who are having a Christmas dip at Shayna Beach Club in Catalkoy this year. Because Christmas is all about giving and sharing the group of Catalkoy residents will be pooling all of the money they receive in sponsorship and it will be split between 3 charities – Kyrenia Animal Rescue, Tulips and The KarakumRead More


Could the design of a storm within the Green Line ever work?

The first prize in the UIA-HYP Cup 2014 International Student Competition in Architectural Design was recently won by Stefanos Theodorou, a Cypriot fifth year student of architecture at Finland’s Aalto University, working with Biel Susanna Viladot from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Knowing that there is a shortage of water on Cyprus and a separation between the island’s two communities, Stefanos believes that they have made a statement through architecture with their project entitled The Unexpected STORM in Nicosia, Cyprus. Theodorou personally researched the Green Line last summer and theRead More


USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein: “Outcomes of a political solution will be wonderful”

USA Energy Affairs Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative Amos Hochstein said that there is a window of opportunity in the energy market and called for benefiting from this. Hochstein indicated that his mission is to remind people the outcomes of their behaviour and added that if  a political solution is reached on the island the outcomes will be wonderful. Expressing that the sides in Cyprus must decide how they will return to the negotiation table Amos Hochstein said that the most important thing is to return to the table. HochsteinRead More


Foreign Minister Nami met with Pittella

Foreign Minister Özdil Nami met a week last Wednesday with Gianni Pittella, President of the European Parliament Socialists and Democrats Group, within the framework of his contacts in Brussels. Foreign Minister Nami informed Pittella that the Cyprus negotiations have reached an impasse with the withdrawal of the Greek Cypriot leader from the negotiating table, and called on the European Union to take initiatives to enable the negotiations on the Island to recommence. Nami further stated that it is unacceptable for the negotiations to be suspended for any reason, that the raised tensionsRead More


President Eroğlu: “Eide’s proposals were not accepted in Ankara as they entail concessions”

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President Derviş Eroğlu said that UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide’s proposals to the Turkish Republic were not accepted as they entailed concessions. Eroğlu added that any precondition laid down by Greek Cypriot side will not be accepted because if Turkish Cypriot side accepted then Greek Cypriot side would continue to ask for more concessions and their demands could even go as far as asking for the return of Güzelyurt. Expressing that Greek Cypriot side demanded territory from various places including Karpaz, Eroğlu stressed that Turkish Cypriot side’s principlesRead More


Siber: “Return, Compensation and Exchange invalidate the Greek Cypriot propaganda that one day, everyone will return to their own home”

Sibel-Siber

Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber said that Immovable Property Commission (IPC) is performing a very important task by providing compensation, return and exchange as  solution to the property claims of the Greek Cypriots. Siber added  that by solving the property claims this way IPC is actually securing  bizonallity and also invalidating the propaganda that ‘one day everyone will return to their  own home’. Stressing the importance of the Immovable Property Commission, Siber said that the property issue is the main issue of Cyprus problem and if the Commission became moreRead More