TCC Press Review 20 Nov 2021

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Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Tufan Erhürman: “We can’t lose another five years with this mentality”

Erhürman slammed the government on Bayrak, stating that the public does not have another five years to waste. “If the public is aware that we have slammed into a wall then it must also question why we have done so. We remained in government for 15 months and passed two middle term programmes. We may not have the power to intervene in the drop of the Turkish Lira against foreign currencies but the public’s purchasing power can be raised.


Going down as we struggle

Kıbrıs spoke with people in Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Güzelyurt (Morphou) and Lefke (Lefka). Our people who are trying to survive have raised the red flag. The people, outraged with the price hikes, rising costs and the increase in the value of the foreign currencies against the Turkish Lira say: “Enough is enough!” All express concern about their future.

  • Leaders agreed on 5G.


We should abide by the system around the world

Hoteliers who point out that tourism is in shambles for the past two years warning that 2022 could be in danger as well if the practices at Ercan (Tymbou) continue. “We are not asking for any privileges. There will be no problem left if we follow the rules and systems being implemented in other parts of the world.

  • Good news – Tatar and Anastasiades agree on the use of 5G
  • There are more than 4,000 – A large number of Turkish Cypriots who commit traffic offences in the south are not paying their fines.


Turkish Lira melted, making the rich richer

The interest-rate policies implemented by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey has made the wealthy wealthier and the poor poorer… Erdoğan who is among the richest leaders in the world is adding to his wealth as a result of his policies. Leading financial news source Bloomberg, said Erdoğan’s low-interest-rate policy has increased the inequality in the country, making the gap between different classes of society wider. Poverty reached its peak in the past decade.

Main News

Kızılyürek: “It’s absurd to impose a ban on EU-citizen TCs”

Human Rights


AKEL MEP Niyazi Kızılyürek on Friday slammed Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for his response given on the reasons as to ban Turkish Cypriots with EU citizenship from entering Turkey.

The Turkish Foreign Minister on November 17, responding to Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Utku Çakırözer’s questions on prohibiting some Turkish Cypriots from entering Turkey during a parliamentary session, said that each country reserved the right to prohibit the entry of foreign individuals it deemed as a threat in line with the principle of sovereignty.

In a statement issued from his office, Kızılyürek said Turkey’s hostile attitude towards those supporting a federal settlement in Cyprus was, unfortunately, worsening by the day whereas the secessionist nationalists were being emboldened by the Turkish government’s support.

“Turkey, on one hand, is asking for visa liberation from the Union and on the other is pushing its citizens to the northern part of the island,” Kızılyürek argued, adding that banning Turkish Cypriots who are also EU citizens from entering Turkey is nothing but “absurd.”

Kızılyürek also reminded that the Justice and Development Party (AKP) “hanged on to those who are now banned supposedly for being a threat to national security, like a lifebuoy, in 2004 to serve its interests.” He said the change in AKP’s attitude also proves the transformation of the party’s stance.

Leaders agree for the introduction of 5G throughout the island

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Diyalog, Avrupa


The two leaders Ersin Tatar and Nicos Anastasiades announced on Friday that they reached an agreement that will make way for the introduction of 5G across the island.

In a statement issued on Friday, the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said the agreement was reached as a result of the extensive work carried out by the Technical Committee on Broadcasting and Telecommunication over the past two years.

According to the statement TV broadcasting systems will be removed from the 700 MHz frequency band, transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting, with the support of the EU, allowing the allocation of the 700 MHz frequency band to 5G mobile services.

The statement noted that the important agreement was concluded by the Greek Cypriot Negotiator, Mr Andreas Mavroyiannis, and the Turkish Cypriot Special Representative, Mr Ergün Olgun, with the facilitation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Cyprus, Ms Elizabeth Spehar.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Friday welcomed the announcement of the agreement, noting that the 700MHz has been vacated for the mobile communication service providers to upgrade to 5G.

In a statement issued from his office, Tatar also noted that as a result of the agreement with the facilitation of the Turkish Cypriot EU Coordination Centre, it will now be possible for the TV stations to start digital broadcasts instead of analogue.

Bicommunal activist group UniteCyprusNow welcomed the development on Friday, urging the two leaders to “continue to take steps to improve the daily conditions of Cypriots.” In a statement on social media, the UCN said without a doubt the comprehensive settlement can in no way be replaced by confidence-building measures (CBMs).

“However joint moves to overcoming common problems are steps towards the right direction,” the UCN concluded.

Akar: Turkey stands for a peaceful settlement of problems in the region

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Diyalog, Avrupa
Energy, Regional/ International Relations


Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on Thursday said Turkey expects the Greek Cypriot side and Greece to act within the framework of good neighbourly relations and in compliance with the norms of international law to establish peace in the region.

Akar attended the honorary doctorate ceremony with the opening of the new academic year of Erciyes University, accompanied by Chief of General Staff General Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander General Musa Avsever and Air Force Commander General Hasan Küçükakyüz.

Speaking during the ceremony, Akar drew attention to the increase in the number of military exercises carried out by Greece, as well as to the destabilizing actions of the Greek side that have taken place in the region recently.

“Turkey is in favour of a peaceful settlement of all problems, including in the Aegean Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus,” Akar stressed, reiterating that Ankara is making efforts to resolve the problems with Greece.

Turkey does not lay claim to anyone’s land and does not violate anyone’s rights. However, we are determined and have every opportunity to defend the rights and interests of ourselves and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean regions,” Akar said.

Akar (Turkey)
>> Turkey expects the GC side & Greece to act within the framework of good neighbourly relations & in compliance with international law for peace in the region.
>> Turkey favours a peaceful settlement of all problems in the region.
>> Ankara determined to protect its & TCs’ rights in Cyprus, the Aegean & the East Med.

Multicommunal music fair to be held on November 27

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Diyalog, Avrupa
Human Rights


The Facebook group – “Cyprus one nation together” (“KIBRIS TEK YURT HEP BiRLiKTE- ΚΥΠΡΟΣ ΜΙΑ ΠΑΤΡΙΔΑ ΟΛOΙ ΜΑΖΙ”) will organise its third music festival on November 27 at the Phaneromenis Square in South Nicosia singing Cypriot, Turkish, Greek, Armenian and Maronite songs altogether.

During the event, singers Niyal Öztürk and Frederiki Tombazu will be accompanied by the “Let’s sing together Band.” The group is also working on organising their fourth event in North Nicosia and the details will soon be announced.

The group, initially formed by İbrahim Cufoğlu and Elias Demetriou, now has more than 1900 members on Facebook and is not affiliated with any political party or non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Cyprus.

The group also rejects “being labelled as bicommunal” and prefers to be referred to as “multi communal” as there are Maronite and Armenian members as well.

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