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Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion on issue of territory

Presidential spokesman Ertug said that Greek Side created confusion of ideas on the issue of map. Ertug recorded that the statement of the Greek Cypriot Spokesman Nikos Hristodulides on the issue of territory which was published yesterday was falsifying and the aim can be to create a confusion of ideas on this issue in order to conceal their maximalist approaches. Indicating that the Greek side’s claim that they only brought criteria to the negotiations regarding the issue of territory is not true, Ertug said that they voiced specific names ofRead 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


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


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


Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Kerry

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had a telephone conversation with his American counterpart John Kerry. According to some diplomatic sources, during the telephone conversation which was made upon Kerry’s demand, developments in Syria and Cyprus issue were discussed. It is reported that, Çavuşoğlu stressed Turkey’s support to the  resumption of constructive negotiations in Cyprus and added that a fair, permanent and comprehensive solution based on political equality should be reached in the island by mutual agreement, which  should be based on the Joint Statement  made between  the leaders on 11Read 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”

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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


Cavusoglu: “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever”

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Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said “Opportunity window for a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus will not be open forever” Minister Cavusoglu had a meeting with  UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor to Cyprus Espen Barth Eide in his office. During the meeting, Eide stated that he is still optimistic for finding a solution to the long-termed Cyprus problem and added that a solution cannot be reached if negotiations do not continue. Emphasizing Turkey’s will for finding a solution to the Cyprus problem is still strong, Cavusoglu said “Turkey will continue itsRead More


“CYPRUS” THEMED EXHIBITION OPENED BY MERAL EROĞLU

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President Derviş Eroğlu’s wife Meral Eroğlu opened the “Cyprus” themed art exhibition on Friday, October 31. Istanbul artist Benice Gümrükçüoğlu’s alternative interpretations of Cyprus’s historic buildings and streets are currently on display at Bedesten, Lefkoşa, with the sale of each picture going to SOS Children’s Village. A total of 52 pictures, which are based on photographs taken by the artist’s wife Ayşe Gümrükçüoğlu, are being exhibited – three of which are from the artist’s private collection. Some 18 of the 49 pictures on sale were already reserved on the openingRead More


Random Ramblings

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One of our Turkish-Cypriot friends recently visited a friend of hers who lives in our capital city, Lefkoşa.  While there her friend told her that a number of saplings had recently been planted in a local park.  As most trees are, compared with the life span of human beings, long-lived, the planting of a tree is an environmental salute to the wellbeing of future generations of human beings.  Indeed, this eco-friendly action is even more laudable if the trees planted are either of a local variety, or if not, stillRead More


One fine day and one fine poppy walk

The 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal kicked off last weekend with a Poppy Walk attracting nearly 150 walkers. Organiser Rachael Lyes said: “Considering the foul weather just an hour prior to the walk commencing we were delighted with the turnout. 140 walkers completed the first 5Kms and a further 35 then went on to do another 5Km lap. The entry fees raised 1,470TL, sponsorship a further 1,350TL and the raffle 540TL, so all in all the event raised almost exactly £1,000 towards the Appeal. We would like to thank Read More


BLOOD DONOR DAY AT TATLISU

BLOOD DONOR DAY AT TATLISU AMBULANCE STATION, TATLISU ROUNDABOUT. MONDAY 17TH NOVEMBER starting at 10am. ALL BLOOD TYPES NEEDED SO COME ALONG – DON’T BE SHY, BOOST THE SUPPLY!      


“Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus”

Project Launching Evening – 7th November 2014  EMAA Capital Art Center, Nicosia, 19:00 The European Mediterranean Art Association (EMAA) and the Rooftop Theatre Group are cooperating in the EU funded project “Confrontation Through Art: Contemporary Art as an Instrument for Reconciliation in Cyprus”, 2014-2017, and are openly launching the project for the public in an evening of presentations of all the planned activities, with music and wine in the EMAA garden. Dignitaries, artists as well as the wider public are invited to attend. The 30-month long project is funded byRead More


CESV turn to dramatics for a night of training!

After an accident free but enjoyable RBL poppy walk on Saturday CESV members were put through their paces last night in a training event at St Andrews church hall, Girne. Around twenty members of the CESV were joined by two people interested in seeing what we do.  They chose a night of action and surprises to come along as a bit of amateur dramatics was provided by two lovely ladies, Sheila and Judith, who are part of the up and coming Am. Dram, group which has been started at RootsRead More


FABULOUS ART EXHIBITION BY FRANCOISE MONCOMBLE

DOGANKOY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ARE PROUD TO PRESENT AS OUR LAST EVENT OF THE YEAR ANOTHER FABULOUS ART EXHIBITION THIS WILL BE SHOWN BY FRANCOISE MONCOMBLE. WE ALSO HAVE THE AUTHOR YVONNE CERKIZ HER BOOK “DENKTAZ A PRIVATE PORTRAIT” WILL BE ON SALE AND SHE WILL BE THERE TO SIGN COPIES. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THE 15TH AND 16TH NOVEMBER STARTING AT 10AM AND FINISHING AT 4PM A RAFFLE WILL BE HELD AND 50% WILL GO TO THE CHURCH RESTORATION FUND.   PRE- CHRISTMAS LUNCH TORead More