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The Foreign Residents – 17th Annual General Meeting – 18th October 2014

The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR)

17th Annual General Meeting

18th October 2014

By Ralph Kratzer

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Foreign Residents in the TRNC (TFR) was held on Saturday, 18th October 2014, again at the Silver Rocks Restaurant in Lapta, and was attended by more than 60 members.

Heinz Nauroth, Chairman of the association, opened the meeting at 11.35am and welcomed all TFR-members being present.

Ralph Kratzer was nominated as being the Meeting Secretary and Robin Melhuish as the Meeting Chairman for the day.

Mr. Nauroth spoke of the two members, Brian Self and David Halstead, who sadly passed away in 2014.

The Meeting Chairman Robin Melhuish then examined the quorum of the AGM. It was achieved as more than 20% of the actual total members of the club were present.


Chairman´s report

In his Chairman´s report Heinz Nauroth gave a summary of the numerous last year´s events like the highly praised Christmas Dinner in December 2013 at the Deniz Kizi Hotel in Alsancak with the unforgettable live show of the sketch “Dinner for One” presented by the members Carolyn Hartley and Horst Gutowski. Other successful events in 2014 had been inter alia a bus trip to Famagusta including a guided tour through the historical old town, the Easter Picnic in Pinarbasi, a tour to the “Mavi Kösk” and the Maronite village Korucam, the two interesting visits of the newly built Gecitköy water pipeline and dam and the “hidden village” Akincilar, and last but not least the authentic “Bavarian Oktoberfest” one month ago.

(Note: To remember the above mentioned persons and events – click on the bold and underlined links. Get back to this article then by clicking the “back-arrow” in the upper left corner of your screen!)

Heinz then gave a short outlook of the next planned Christmas Dinner at the newly opened Merit Royal Hotel on 6th December 2014 plus other events in the queue for next year.

Last but not least he thanked the association´s Cemetery Subcommittee and all his colleagues of the main Committee for their good and effective work in the past year.

Heinz Nauroth closed his speech with a reference to the actual number of active members of the club (246 from 21 different nations).


Secretary´s report

The Chairman´s report was followed by the reports of the Deputy Chairman, Willy Lindh, about travels and trips of TFR; the Treasurer Horst Gutowski´s report about the financial status of the association; the Secretary Ralph Kratzer´s report about the development of the club´s website and Tommy Rognmo´s report about last year´s work of the Cemetery Subcommittee concerning burials and their dealing with the local authorities.

The next topic on the agenda was the Auditors´ report. The Auditors Ruth Reiter and Margaret Sheard had checked the book-keeping of the Treasurer some days before the AGM and had found no problems.

The discharge of the Committee for the period since the last AGM in October 2013 was agreed unanimously by the members present, as well as the discharge of the Auditors.


Pamela Tschersich


“Brad” Bradley

The Chairman Heinz again took the floor and suggested (instead of having stand-by-members as in the past) to enlarge the Committee by 2 additional full members for special tasks. The AGM-voters agreed that Pamela Tschersich and Richard Pete Bradley be appointed.

He then explained that several minor amendments to the constitution of the association had to be made. The members had been informed about these changes in detail before the meeting. The amendments were therefore agreed by a large majority of the AGM.

As Auditors for the following period of 2 years Lynn Hartill and Petra Wendt were suggested by the Chairman and elected by the members.

The rise of the annual membership fee from 30TL to 40TL was also agreed by most participants of the General Meeting.


TFR members having lunch

Last point on the agenda was the election of the Committee. The AGM voted unanimously that the previous Committee members should be reinstated for the period of 2 more years.

After that last point, the official part of the meeting ended and most of the members present enjoyed the ensuing lunch at the Silver Rocks and the opportunity for an extensive chat among like-minded.

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North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 20th October 2014

TRNC News Today

President Eroglu sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon

President Derviş Eroğlu sent a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon regarding the latest Dervis Eroglu (2)developments in Cyprus.

President  Eroğlu asked the Secretary General  to use his mission  of good offices and facilitate  the return of the Greek Cypriot side to the negotiation table without any preconditions, in order to reach a just, sustainable and negotiated solution.

Turkish Cypriot Municipalities Association participated in the General Assembly of the Council of Europe Local Administrations and Authorities Committee

Turkish Cypriot Municipalities Association participated in the General Assembly of the Council of Europe Local Administrations and Authorities Committee that took place between 13-16  October in Strasbourg.

President of the Turkish Cypriot Municipalities Association,  the Mayor of Gönyeli Municipality – Ahmet Yalçın Benli, and Member of Board of Directors of Turkish Cypriot Municipalities Association  the Mayor of Güzelyurt – Mahmut Özçınar represented the Association.

Mayors Benli and Özçınar made attempts for the effective application of the rights of Turkish Cypriots vested by the General Assembly decision no.340 of the Council of Europe.

Mayor Mehmet Harmanci: “Let’s make Lefkosa a peace model”

Mayor of Lefkosa Turkish Municipality – Mehmet Harmanci said Lefkosa Mehmet Hamancicould be a  peace and reconciliation model with joint cooperation programs.

Mayor Harmanci, who gave  an interview to the  Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi, stated that he proposed  to his Greek Cypriot counterpart Konstantinos Yorgacis the issue  of joint  cooperation  programs which would affect the daily lives of both Turkish and Greek Cypriots  and  will make Lefkosa a peace and reconciliation model.

Mayor Harmancı stated that he met three times with his Greek Cypriot counterpart Yorgacis and  besides their ideologic differences, they believed they could work on certain joint  issues and gave the  ‘Rally Cyprus’  as an example.

Harmanci pointed out that he and Yorgacis also discussed whether they can benefit  from international financers  for  implementing a master plan concerning the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office

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North Cyprus – City Farm Project in Kyrenia

European Federation of City Farms 

City Farm Project in Kyrenia

 By Chris Elliott

On we get many messages offering information and sometimes asking for help and  this week we had the following message from Pauline Wolters.

“Last month I was on holiday in Cyprus and I came across a small animal Bariş Park, Kyrenia pictures - Courtesy of Pauline Wolters of EFCF 10 2 imagepark in Girne. I promised Mr. Bashar Iki Serdar to send him the short article I wrote for our newsletter. A friend of his helped with the translations.

The e-mail address he gave me did not work. Can you please see to it that he gets this Newsletter?

Thanks a lot.

Pauline Wolters”

Wanting to help, we contacted Pauline to discover that she was a board member of the European Federation of City Farms and whilst on holiday here in North Cyprus she visited Bariş Park in Kyrenai and wrote and submitted an article about the park which was included in their September newsletter  which you can read below.

 City Farm Project in Kyrenia (Girne), North Cyprus

“When on holiday, Pauline Wolters, EFCF Board  Member, always happens to come across interesting places. This time, next to a local market in Kyrenia  (Girne) in Northern Cyprus, she found a very nice city farm project in a park Bariş Park, Kyrenia pictures - Courtesy of Pauline Wolters of EFCF 3 imagecalled ‘Bariş Parki’’.  The supervisor, Bashar Iki Serdar, explained that the place has been there for seven years now and is still in development.

In future there will also be goats, sheep and the Cypriot donkey. The whole park covers about a hectare and  employs 3 staff. The animals, mostly ducks, poultry and rabbits (which can run around freely in a kind of enormous iron dome). There is a small restaurant with a terrace, overlooking the park. Bashar says there is another project being developed in another part of the city.”

To read this article and many others in the EFCF September newsletter please click here and you can also visit their Facebook page by clicking here

The EFCF website can be found by clicking here.

If any of our local readers would like to tell us of other similar city farm projects here  in North Cyprus we will be pleased to write about them on and and also share this news with the European Federation of City Farms.

With thanks to Pauline Wolters for sharing the photos shown on this page which she had taken in Bariş Park.

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Cyprus Conflict – Turkish survey vessel off Cape Greco

Turkish survey vessel off Cape Greco

Barbaros shipThe Turkish research vessel Barbaros was on Monday morning said to be off the coast of Cape Greco [between the towns of Ayia Napa and Protaras in South Cyprus] as Ankara appeared to make good on its threat to carry out surveys in the area of [South] Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

The Barbaros is accompanied by supporting vessels M/V Bravo and M/V Deep Supporter, and a Turkish navy vessel, and reportedly entered the island’s EEZ around 6.30am on Monday.

Turkey has reserved in its NAVTEX (Navigational Telex), for the commencement of seismic surveys from October 20 to December 30.

Barbaros ship_2ENI-KOGAS is operating its drill ship Sapiem 10000 within offshore Block 9. The Barbaros is some 17 hours away from the drillship, according to

[Greek Cypriot] Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides told CyBC the movements of the Turkish ships, “which he called provocative and illegal” were being closely monitored.

The [GC] National Council was meeting on Monday in an all-day session to discuss [South] Cyprus’ response.

Also on Monday, Russia’s Black Sea fleet began exercises north east of the island, which are due to end on Thursday.

[GC] President Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday the Turkish actions proved wrong all those who believed in Turkey’s assurances about a substantial contribution to the solution of the Cyprus problem.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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Policing in Cyprus 1955 to 1960 – Investigation Update re:- PS. – Emyr Pedr Edwards

Policing in Cyprus 1955 to 1960

Investigation Update re:-
Police Sergeant – Emyr Pedr Edwards

By Chris Elliott….

We were delighted to hear from Mervyn Matthews the Vice Chairman of CARPO, the Cyprus Association of Retired Police Officers that in conjunction with Mike McAdam, they had placed an appeal in the London Police Pensioners magazine for help in finding any information or people who may have known Police Sergeant, Emyr Pedr Edwards who served in the Cyprus UKU from August 1956 until April 1960.

His story is a very sad one ending with his disappearance from the steamship Helenus and subsequent Maritime Deaths register gives the date of death as 7th/8th April 1961. His younger brother on behalf of the family would be delighted to learn any information of his brother’s time serving here in Cyprus and if any readers can help, please email Mike McAdam at or Mervyn Matthews at

Should you wish, you can also leave information in the contact form at the bottom of this article.

Emre Edwards appeal by LPP

 Policing in Cyprus 1955 to 1960

By Chris Elliott

On our website we are increasingly receiving comments and Police Sergeant, Emyr Pedr Edwardsadditional information about many of the subjects or people we have been writing about and this is most welcome as it enables us to update our articles with the very latest information.

One of the projects we have in hand is to help the family of Police Sergeant, Emyr Pedr Edwards, collar number 2130,  learn more of his time and experiences in Cyprus.. Emyr was part of the Metropolitan Police contingent that came to Cyprus as the United Kingdom Police Unit (UKU)  and supported the local police in countering the activities of EOKA during those troubled times.

 Emyr Pedr Edwards
Collar number 2130

Metropolitan Police, Warrant number 139364
Served in Cyprus UKU from August 56 until April 1960

Emyr served in Cyprus for a lengthy period but the family have very little knowledge of his time here in Cyprus and following his return to the UK he departed to Australia in 1961 and this journey resulted as a mystery as told by his brother Ifor Edwards.

“My brother, Emyr, was lost at sea, presumed killed or drowned, in April 1961. He was in the Metropolitan Police, Warrant number 139364 and  served in Cyprus UKU from August 1956 until April 1960. He resigned voluntarily from the police on 4th December 1960.”

Ifor Edwards appeals for information about his brother Emyr Pedr Edwards

“Emyr was born in Ruthin, North Wales on 6th June 1932 and had been PE Instructor in the RAF (and enjoyed Boxing) before joining the Metropolitan Police and going to Cyprus and on his return to the UK he decided to go to Australia to see a friend, David Williams, but he mysteriously disappeared after sailing from Liverpool early in  April 1961 (age 28) on the steamship Helenus and the person who shared his cabin also seems to have disappeared off the scene.

Some of his belongings went missing and the Maritime Deaths register gives the date of death as 7th/8th April 1961, and the place as “Western Mediterranean” we think somewhere near Gibraltar.  A Board of Trade hearing was carried out but I have little or no information on this. One of my sisters seems to remember something about him having a nervous breakdown and paranoia while in Cyprus. His police record gives his service in Cyprus as “Exemplary” and I seem to remember he was promoted to sergeant while serving under Sir Hugh Foot.

I would be most grateful if you could find any information about his time in Cyprus during those awful years.

Ifor Edwards”

Family photo with Emyr on the right

Family photo with Emyr on the right

To our worldwide readers if you can offer any information about Emyr Pedr Edwards do please leave your comment in the contact form below and we will pass your information to his brother Ifor.

No doubt the time that the UK police spent in Cyprus must have been very stressful and they would have experienced many horrors and their brave service should not be forgotten and it is appropriate that this year here in North Cyprus a memorial service will be held when a memorial to those Policemen that lost their lives will be unveiled.



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Words of the Week 34/2014 – Henry Ford

Words of the Week 34/2014

Henry Ford

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the twentieth century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.

Words of the Week 34_2014

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Cyprus conflict – Russia naval exercise ‘no coincidence’ to Turkish actions

Russia naval exercise ‘no coincidence’

to Turkish actions

Intro by Ralph Kratzer

Cyprus Gas CrisisOver the last decades one always had the feeling that the so-called “Great Powers”, like USA and Russia, and the rest of the world had little interest in divided Cyprus and the resulting conflict between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. The island was apparently only interesting as a military base or as a hub for spying (to remember – click here!). However, according to the natural gas discovered off the coasts of Cyprus, we are now suddenly recognized and courted by the big ones of this world. Everyone of course wants a big slice of the cake and the South Cyprus government takes this opportunity to assert his sole claim to the gas reserves. I found this article  in the Greek Cypriot “Cyprus Mail”. I leave it to you, our readers, to make your own opinion. I personally abstain from making any comment.

Written for Cyprus Mail by Stefanos Evripidou

RUSSIA’s decision to hold navy exercises in waters east of the island on Monday, the same day Turkey intends to send its seismic research vessel into Cypriot offshore blocks, is no coincidence, [Greek Cypriot] government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said yesterday.

Speaking to the public broadcaster from Milan, Christodoulides said: “Nothing is by chance in politics.”

He made the comments after [GC] President Nicos Anastasiades met Russian President Vladimir Putin late on Thursday on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan.

Anastasiades-PutinThe two leaders sat next to each other for two hours during an official dinner for visiting heads of state and government, hosted by the Italian President, current rotating head of the EU Presidency.

According to Christodoulides, the two men had an extensive discussion on EU-Russia relations, bilateral relations and the Cyprus problem, with emphasis on Turkey’s decision to issue a NAVTEX reserving large swathes of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) for seismic studies, resulting in Anastasiades suspending peace talks.

“President Putin reaffirmed the Russian position of principle with regard to both the solution of the Cyprus problem and the inalienable right of the Republic of Cyprus [South Cyprus] to exploit its natural resources within its EEZ, and characterised any violation of the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus [South Cyprus] as unacceptable,” said the spokesman in a written statement.

Speaking later to CyBC, the spokesman said the two leaders had a “very good discussion”. Putin was well aware of what was going on in Cyprus’ EEZ regarding Turkey’s unprecedented decision to announce seismic research and possible drilling south of Cyprus, in blocks already licenced to Italian-Korean consortium ENI-KOGAS.

“He knew about the positions of [South] Nicosia within the EU regarding discussions on sanctions against Russia,” said Christodoulides, in reference to [South] Cyprus’ efforts to dampen enthusiasm for wide-reaching sanctions against Moscow within the European Council over its activities in eastern Ukraine.

The two leaders agreed to stay in contact, said the spokesman, adding that a lot of discussion was had at a European level with Russia on relations between the two sides.

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