TCC Press Review 29 Nov 2021

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“Provident fund savings have eroded”

Shocking assessment made by economist Devrim Barçın.  A person’s savings of ₺200,000 at the beginning of the year was equivalent to £19,655. Today the same amount of money makes £12,121. He said that the necessary legal arrangements should be made to automatically update the minimum wage every two months according to the rise in the cost of living. Barçın added this could preserve the public’s purchasing power to a certain extent.


The youth in the clutches of drugs

Head of the Commission fighting against drug abuse, Teyfide Tecel Hatipoğlu, in his comments to Kıbrıs, said there are many drug traffickers in the country, warning that the danger is bigger than it seems. He underlined majority of drug addicts are people aged 25 and below.

  • Pleasing development in higher educationEducation Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu announced 108,295 students are studying at the universities in the TRNC.


A police raid on the swamp

Police carried out a raid named ‘swamp,’ seizing various types of drugs worth ₺2,5m (€178,571) and arrested nine people.

  • Plenty of studentsEducation Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu announced 108,295 students are enrolled in universities in the TRNC.


The ‘boss’ is in Turkey

Police seized 1.5kgs of heroin in an operation named “swamp”. Seven people were arrested. The operation carried out simultaneously in Nicosia, Famagusta and Güzelyurt (Morphou) resulted in a massive bust of drugs amounting to ₺2m (€140,000). It’s been claimed that Kaan Taşkent Önsal who has a heavy criminal record and escaped to Turkey illegally in 2018 is behind the drugs.

  • Why are you doing this? – The PCR requirement at crossing points even from the vaccinated has brought shopkeepers to the brink of bankruptcy.
  • Classified report published – It emerged that 525 of the 588 people in South Cyprus who lost their lives from Covid-19 were unvaccinated.


Here’s the proof of dishonour

The government three months ago gave ₺10,000 for the treatment of Turkish Cypriot infant Asya, which at the time was equivalent to £850 but just last week it decided to spend £69,000 for six Azeri celebrities. In the meantime, the government has left cancer patients, diabetics, MS patients and coronary patients without medicine claiming that it does not have any money to purchase the required medication.

Main News

Erdoğan: The key to solving Cyprob is recognizing TCs’ equality

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Havadis, Diyalog, Avrupa
Negotiations Process


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said recognizing the sovereignty and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot people is vital in resolving the Cyprus issue.

Speaking at the 15th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Ashkhabad, capital of Turkmenistan, Erdoğan called on “friendly and brotherly countries” to approach the Turkish Cypriot side’s new vision for a solution on the island without any prejudices.

We encourage the development of relations in fields such as sports, culture, education and tourism to alleviate the isolation faced by the Turkish Cypriots, who are observer members of our organization,” he said.

Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Sunday expressed his gratitude to Erdoğan for “being the voice of the Turkish Cypriots in the international arena.”

In a statement issued from his office, Tatar added that the Turkish Cypriot side’s proposal on a two-state solution tabled after realizing that a federal settlement is no longer possible, remains as the most feasible settlement model on the island. Recalling the times when Erdoğan touched on the Turkish Cypriot side’s solution plan in the international arena, Tatar reassured that the Turkish Cypriot side will continue “to walk on the same path with Turkey.”

EU’s pro-GC stance escalates tension in the East Med.

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs, Havadis, Diyalog, Avrupa
Negotiations Process


Hasan Yılmaz Işık, head of the “TRNC Human Rights Association,” on Sunday argued the EU’s pro-Greek Cypriot and Greek stance not only escalates the tension in the Eastern Mediterranean region but also created impossible obstacles before the solution of the Cyprus problem.

In a written statement, Işık argued that the EU’s policies are aimed at forcing the Turkish Cypriots to surrender to the Greek Cypriots.

“The EU before everything else must respect the legitimate rights of the Turkish Cypriots both in Cyprus and in the Eastern Mediterranean region,” Işık concluded.

The north ranked 46th in social acceptance of the LGBTI people

Human Rights


According to the results of an international study, the northern part of Cyprus with 5.59 points was ranked at the 46th place in social acceptance of the LGBTI people among 175 countries ahead of both Republic of Cyprus (RoC) and Turkey.

This research, which was carried out by the Williams Institute, describes updates to the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex) Global Acceptance Index (GAI), which seeks to measure the relative level of acceptance of LGBTI people and issues in each country for a specific period.

RoC received 5.16 points ranking 58 while Turkey ranked 90th with 3.94 points. Evaluating the outcome of the research to Yenidüzen, Queer Cyprus Association activist Erman Dolmacı said the research findings are very important for the LGBTI people to increase their visibility and access to human rights.

He also noted even though the research findings give a positive outlook, it is still not enough as the Association will continue its work.

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