Community Sharing in North Cyprus


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At The Foreign Residents in the TRNC we are delighted to be able to share news and resources with other members of our community on their social network sites and to share news and information to the largest local and worldwide audience.

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North Cyprus – Turkish flight veers off course over presidential palace in South Cyprus


Turkish flight veers off course

over presidential palace in South Cyprus

Pegasus AirlinesA commercial flight of Turkish low-cost airline Pegasus veered off course on Tuesday and flew over the [Greek Cypriot] presidential palace due to a fault in the VOR air traffic control system at Ercan airport in the north [TRNC], along with bad weather, the [GC] Republic’s civil aviation department (DCA) said yesterday.

The Boeing 737-800 was spotted flying at low altitude over the palace, at around noon on Tuesday. The plane set a course over Aglantzia [Aglandjia] and Agios Dometios [Metehan] and eventually landed at Ercan.

The [GC] presidential palace is in a no-flight-zone, something which the pilot of the Turkish aircraft ignored. Ignoring flight regulations set by [Greek] Cyprus authorities was no surprise as Turkey doesn’t recognise the [Greek Cypriot] Republic and [for South Cyprus] Ercan is not a recognised point of entry to the country.

Ercan Airport“The pilot probably got scared of the bad weather and veered towards Nicosia a little more than usual. This is expected since their VOR system went down.”
On October 1, Ercan disabled the airport’s VHF Omni Directional Radio Range (VOR) navigational system, a ground short-range radio that enables aircraft to determine their position and stay on course by receiving radio signals.

The temporary suspension of the system meant that pilots have had to fly by sight when taking off and landing resulting in aircraft flying off their usual course, a DCA official told the Cyprus Mail on October 12.

The VOR was supposed to be operational by early November.

“Pilots employ visual flight. When taking off from Ercan they have to pass over the Pentadaktylos [Besparmak] mountains and without a ground navigational system they tend to veer a little to the left so they can gain more altitude when they approach the mountain. That’s why some people reported seeing more planes,” said the official.

Airplanes flying to the north [TRNC] do not submit their flight plan to Eurocontrol, the organisation based in Brussels that coordinates air traffic control for all of Europe, but submit it directly to Ercan.

Air traffic at Ercan comes exclusively from Turkey. DCA recorded 170 take offs and landings at the airport from January to May this year.

Source: Constantinos Psillides for Cyprus Mail

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Cyprus dispute – Call for Acceptance of Cyprus Division


Call for Acceptance of Cyprus Division

Jack StrawBritain´s former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has called on the international community to accept the division in Cyprus and insisted Turkey deserves full membership of the European Union.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Straw said the division between the government in South Cyprus and the TRNC should be accepted as a “reality”.

He said: “If it had been possible for there to be a happy, united island, well, that would be the best solution, with a bi-zonal, bi-communal constitution. But the majority of people living on the island in the Greek-Cypriot part don´t want to accept that.”

Straw explained: “I go back to the referendum that was held almost 10 years ago. I know quite a lot about what happened in the last set of negotiations and they have been frozen not because, in my view, of the fault of the Turkish Cypriots.”

“So my view is the international community should accept the reality that there is division and that you have partition. And then these two rather small nations would be able to develop their own relationship and I think it would be a cleaner system.” he added.

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South Cyprus – Anastasiades’ brilliant Geostrategic Adviser


Anastasiades’ brilliant Geostrategic Adviser

Intro by Ralph Kratzer

Some things that are taking place in politics would be very funny if they did not have a serious background. The following brilliant article by my favourite author of the Greek Cypriot online newspaper, Cyprus Mail, is one of the funniest things I’ve read lately, but against the background of the Cyprus conflict and the recent tensions between Greece, Israel, South Cyprus and Turkey my laughter remains stuck in my throat. I publish this article under the categories News and Information although I would love to see it under Entertainment…

By Loucas Charalambous for Cyprus Mail

Nicos Anastasiades image

Greek Cypriot president Anastasiades

I THINK I may need to seek the help of a psychiatrist. Some of our president’s [Anastasiades] incurable obsessions have been pushing me to the brink of madness. One of these is appointments, which he engages in with carefree abandon; his all-time favourite verb is ‘appoint’.

It does not matter whether the committees, sub-committees and councils that he thinks up are needed, nor how much they cost.  This does not interest him, as long as can keep appointing people to new positions. Every appointment is measured in votes (10, 15 or 20) for the next presidential elections.

In September he set up, with much fanfare, a new body – the ‘Council of Geostrategic Studies’. So far he has appointed 15 people, most of whom I have not heard of before.  I mention all this because last Sunday one of the members of this council, Dr Eleni Stavrou, who was also appointed presidential advisor for Middle East affairs, published a ‘geostrategic’ analysis in Alithia which, if taken seriously, should force us to leave the country.

Dardanelles“The Strait (of the Dardanelles), is rendered a hundred per cent useless if Greece, from the Aegean, closes their exit or their southern opening,” wrote the talented advisor of Anastasiades, whose analysis was a politico-military letter on how Cyprus and Greece would bring Turkey to its knees.

In short, bankrupt Greece, which needs to borrow money from the Troika in order to buy a boat, will go to the Dardanelles strait of Turkey – population 75 million and a standing army of 750,000 which makes it the second largest in the West – and close the southern opening with its fleet thus blockading Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

Once the southern opening of the strait is closed none would be able to get out of the Black Sea. And the Russian fleet will have to come all the way round and through Gibraltar to get to the Mediterranean. Unless of course the president’s geostrategic expert builds sliding doors at the southern opening which could be opened to allow all ships that were not Turkish to pass through.

Clausewitz

Carl von Clausewitz

Anastasiades is a lucky man that the famous Prussian theorist of war Carl von Clausewitz passed away two centuries ago. If he were around today he would have taken Anastasiades’ brilliant adviser to work for him. I do not know whether the learned Dr Stavrou knows what happened to the last person who tried her strategy (closing off the opening of the strait). Winston Churchill and his allied forces suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Ottoman in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

Also very interesting is what the formidable advisor wrote about Cyprus. “Israel, when Turkey repudiated their ‘alliance’, resorted to Greek Cyprus to save, first of all, its ‘security’ and, as a secondary objective, its energy deposits… For the facing of the threat from Turkey, Cyprus constitutes for Israel, a shield, a parapet for the necessary ‘Fight of the Advanced Outposts of Battle’.

This would prevent the Turks from advancing fast and without casualties, not even to its (Israel’s) ‘official’ airspace  and territorial waters and its minimum territory in which it would fight with its back to the wall.”

Eastern Med gas fieldsThankfully, “Greek Cyprus” has been found to save the ‘security’ of Israel from the threat of the Turk who is now on the retreat. Had Israel not sought our help, and if we had not saved it, it would have been in very big trouble now. It is a good thing the geostrategic advisor of the president mentioned all this as we could now – in this time of great poverty – seek monetary reward from Israel for having saved it from the clutches of Erdogan and became its ‘shield and parapet’.

I need the psychiatrist  to help me understand where and how our redoubtable president unearths these incredible talents that would save us and Israel from the Turk. Clausewitz’s seminal book ‘On War’ has become obsolete, replaced by the theories of Anastasiades’ geostrategic expert.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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North Cyprus – Kyrenia Chamber Choir Christmas Concert – 9th Dec. 2014


Kyrenia Chamber Choir Christmas Concert

A Seasonal Candlelit Celebration by the TRNC’s foremost Choral Ensemble

Following the highly successful Choral Miscellany performed in the Abbey Refectory in October, the Kyrenia Chamber Choir are set to return to the magnificent Lusignan Gothic edifice for a seasonal performance on 9th December commencing at 7.30pm.

Accompanied by world renowned Piano Maestro Rauf Kazimov, the 30 voice mixed choir will perform works, for example, by John Rutter, Dr William Hayes,Musical Director George Ward encourages the sopranos of the Kyrenia Chamber Choir to hit a high note October 2014 Bellapais Abbey. image Michael Paget, Martin & Blane; plus a variety of traditional pieces arranged by the likes of David Willcocks, Paul Ladd & Sarah Watts.

“It’s a diverse and beautiful programme of lovely Christmas music”, commented Musical Director George Ward.  “The boys & girls in the choir have worked very hard in rehearsals and they are all looking forward to singing their hearts out to provide a very special Christmas performance on the night”.

Entry to the concert is by a TL30 donation, part of which will be passed to the SOS School in Lefkosa.  Lovers of Christmas Choral Music can reserve their seats by calling Sandy Oram on 0542 872 4291 or by contacting any member of the choir.

It is advisable to reserve places early as Christmas Candlelight Concerts by this most accomplished Choir, in the unique setting of the Bellapais Abbey Crypt, are usually fully subscribed well in advance.

Kyrenia Chamber Choir – supporting SOS Children’s Schools in Cyprus.

Kyrenia Chamber Choir concentrates on the music. Bellapais Abbey October 2014

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North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 25th November 2014


TRNC News Today

Eroğlu: “We have reached an agreement on the policy to be followed”

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Eroglu

President Derviş Eroğlu stated that they have reached an agreement with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the strategy to be followed and within this framework, Turkey’s exploration vessel will not be withdrawn and actions will be on the basis that Turkish Cypriots  also have the right on the wealth of the Island.

Eroğlu evaluated his meeting which continued for more than one hour with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and said that the meeting  was very  meaningful  as it took place after the meeting  between Erdoğan and the US Vice President Joe Biden.

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Erdogan

Adding that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan briefed him about what they have discussed regarding Cyprus with Biden, Eroğlu said that Erdoğan told him that the USA is making evaluations whether it is possible for the Greek Cypriot Administration to return to the negotiation table or not. Furthermore they would call Anastasiades and ask him to return to the negotiation table.

Eroğlu also said “If the Greek Cypriots claim on having all the rights  for natural resources themselves  unilaterally, the Turkish Cypriot side together with  motherland Turkey will take the necessary steps without hesitation”. Eroğlu made a call to the Greek Cypriot Administration to return to the table without putting forth preconditions and stressed that this is the hope of both TRNC and Turkey.

Expressing that Britain’s Minister for Europe David Lidington’s visit to  the Island coincided with Eide’s visit , Eroğlu said  this could prove  positive and he expected the British Minister to express the UK’s views  to both sides and especially to the Greek Cypriot side who left the negotiation table.

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Source: TRNC Public Information Office

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North Cyprus – The Auction House in Lapta opens again on 29th November 2014


The Auction House in Lapta  

opens again on 29th November

By Chris Elliott

For those lovers of antiques or collectables you may have an opportunity of Auction 29 Novemberacquiring some at the next Auction House event, which is at the rear of Lambousa Saturday Market, Lapta, on Saturday 29th November starting at 1.00pm.

You can view and note your preferences on Friday 28th November between 10.00am until 3.00pm. If you prefer, you can also view on Saturday 29th before the auction starts at 1.00pm.

For further information call 0533 873 0301

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North Cyprus – Melly’s Bar and Restaurant at Altinkaya


Melly’s Bar and Restaurant

at Altinkaya

By Margaret Sheard…..

I had a request from Nermin Toyer (known as Nemo) to help with Melly's Barsome promotion of activities at Melly’s Bar in our weekly Events Calendar, so took the opportunity of going along to meet her as I had in fact never visited this Bar/Restaurant.

We sat and had a coffee and chat and I asked Nemo to give me a little information about herself.  She is Turkish Cypriot, born in Edmonton, London, and then lived in Enfield before moving to North Cyprus.  Her father was originally from Güzelyurt.  Nemo came to Cyprus 3½ years ago and has settled here very well where, away from the hustle and bustle of London, she enjoys the relatively peaceful life in North Cyprus.

Nemo was a qualified child care worker in the UK and when coming to North Cyprus she set up a children’s craft group at Melly’s Bar.  Recently she was asked to join the staff and so she is now trying to promote various events as part of the bar/restaurant activities, as well as continuing with her children’s group which is held on Saturdays between 10am and 11am for the under 4’s where they have play dough, painting, colouring and other games followed by a Fun Day from 12.30pm to 3pm for older children 5 – 11 year old, to join in.

Fridays with an authentic Mexican menu, Saturdays will be a DJ night with different local DJ’s to entertain and from Sunday 23rd November they will be re-introducing their Sunday Roast from 1pm to 8pm with live entertainment.  The first Sunday Roast will have Jamie (The Man in Black)  to entertain and there will be different live entertainment every week.  There is a nice choice from the menu for Sunday Lunch which can be either 2 or 3 courses.Roof Pool

To book any of the weekly events please contact Nemo on 0533 856 4750 and to book for Sunday lunch the contact number is 0533 823 6849 which is their English chef.

Lounge areaDining is inside now that the cooler days are with us but I took the opportunity of having a look at their roof terrace and was amazed at the size of the area, which includes a very large swimming pool, so I must remember this when the warm weather returns next year but in the meantime I think I will sample a Sunday Lunch in the very nice indoor area and say hello to Jamie.

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