TCC Press Review 5 Dec 2021

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What kind of days are we going through!

It was claimed that fuel tankers had arrived to supply petrol stations with fuel, but a massive crisis erupted over the weekend. Many people could not use their cars as stations ran out of fuel. Consequently, many stations shut down. In the meantime, the Council of Ministers adopted a new decision allowing the price of fuel prices to be updated between every five to 15 days (due to the devaluation of the Turkish Lira). The new decision will be in force for six months.

  • Racist approach from the Prime Minister – “I asked the petrol stations not to sell fuel to those coming from South Cyprus.”
  • “Switching to Euro is possible, the decision is political” Yenidüzen spoke to economist Prof Dr Mustafa Besim. He said switching to Euro is technically possible, but the politicians need to decide on it first.


The never-ending ordeal

It has been possible to solve the fuel-oil crisis for days. A limited amount of fuel was delivered and distributed to petrol stations, but the amount was short of meeting the demand. There was chaos in petrol stations again yesterday. Prime Minister Faiz Sucuoğlu until the crisis is over, asked the petrol stations ‘either not to sell petrol to Greek Cypriot vehicles or to sell them limited fuel,’ sparking yet another debate.

  • The historic walls about to collapseThe 400-year-old walls in the old town of north Nicosia are in derelict condition with holes in them and desecrated with graffiti.


It’s a shame

The fuel-oil crisis which is the result of a lack of planning, programming and negligence, dealt a heavy blow to people’s lives and the economy.

  • This is not right – Prime Minister Faiz Sucuoğlu asked the petrol stations not to sell petrol to Greek Cypriot vehicles.
  • The entire world watched – Pope Francis, after completing his visit in South Cyprus, departed for Athens.
  • Schools are in the first place – More than 9,000 coronavirus cases were identified in South Cyprus in November.


Boycott outweighs the election

The left-wing circles are outraged with the opposition, which failed to deliver. Therefore, they are determined not to go to ballot boxes to teach the opposition a lesson.

  • Sale of petrol to Greek Cypriots bannedThe Turkish Cypriot community said banning sales of fuel oil to Greek Cypriots is nothing but racism.

Main News

Sucuoğlu ‘prohibits’ sale of fuel to GCs citing supply shortages

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Diyalog, Avrupa


There was chaos and mayhem in the north on Saturday as many petrol stations, particularly those in Nicosia and Famagusta ran out of fuel following a disruption in the supply chain caused by the surge in foreign currency against the Turkish Lira. The two fuel companies operating in the north have been withholding stocks demanding that the government raise the price to meet growing costs due to the devaluation of the Turkish Lira.

In a desperate attempt to address the issue, Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Faiz Sucuoğlu on Saturday evening urged petrol stations to “stop selling fuel to Greek Cypriot vehicles.” “People from the South cross to the north, fill their tanks and then leave but our priority should be our citizens,” Sucuoğlu told Bayrak, reassuring

Coalition partner and Democratic Party (DP) leader Fikri Ataoğlu who himself owns a petrol station in Famagusta slammed Sucuoğlu stating that such a practice was discriminatory and unacceptable. He complained that he couldn’t get through to either Sucuoğlu or the Turkish Cypriot Economy Minister Sunat Atun.

Ataoğlu also said banning the Greek Cypriots from purchasing fuel was by far the most economically irrational decision that could be taken. Things were not so different on the other side of the crossing point at Metehan (Agios Domethios) where long queues were formed by cars, mainly Greek Cypriots crossing over to shop and purchase fuel for almost half of the prices in the south.

Turkish Cypriots returning from work or shopping in the south blasted authorities on both sides. While many Turkish Cypriots criticized the government for its actions, some petrol stations announced they would not comply with Sucuoğlu’s call.

Several UniteCyprusNow activists made an open call to Greek Cypriots who may be refused fuel to name the station so that they may shame them openly.

11 Syrian irregular migrants were found while trying to cross to the south

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Diyalog, Avrupa
Internal Security


Turkish Cypriot police on Friday evening discovered 11 Syrian irregular migrants while trying to cross to the south. The migrants were detained by the police.

Eight of the migrants were found in Güvercinlik (Acheritou) village and the remaining four in İncirli (Makrasyka) village. All male Syrian migrants detained told the police that they have embarked on their journey from Mersin, Turkey and arrived at the northern coasts by boat at an identified location.

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