Community Sharing in North Cyprus

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Community Sharing

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.

With this initiative, we are pleased to be collaborating with the and the Cyprusscene TFR logoNorth Cyprus Forum to bring toncf logo you, the readers, the most interesting articles and news feeds that are available.

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Cyprus dispute – A new chapter in Cypriot Politics, or is it?

A new chapter in Cypriot Politics,

or is it?

By Ismail Veli…….

The Turkish Cypriot people have elected a new President. Mustafa Akinci who won a resounding victory by winning 60.5% of the votes, with the outgoing Dervish Eroglu only getting 39.5%. TheMustaf Akinci sml turnout at 64 percent of eligible voters was much lower than past elections. No doubt this seems to many TCs to be a new beginning.

Corruption, despotism and exhaustion with the state of politics in the TRNC have all played a part in the people electing Akinci, a left wing independent politician who has an ambition to finally settle the 60 year, never ending Cyprus problem.

Aside from the immense internal problems, solving the Cyprus problem will be a massive challenge. Once the initial euphoria has settled Akinci will no doubt be faced with immense problems, not least in negotiating a settlement with a weak and indecisive Greek Cypriot leader Anastasiades, who seems more content with finding excuses not to negotiate, rather than attempting to win the honour of settling a dispute which seems never ending. Akinci’s persona and intention to help solve the intractable problem and creating a Bi-zonal, Bi-communal Federation is well known. The international community Divided Cyprusis well aware of this, as are the vast majority of Greek Cypriots (GCs). Will this be enough? Rather than be happy there is a sneaky feeling that many GC party leaders may feel uncomfortable with the growing international realisation that perhaps the GCs are not really prepared to form a power sharing government that will help bury the enmity of the past.

The historical Greek rejections of 14 out of 16 plans with one Turkish rejection and one equal rejection are well documented. The last one being the Annan plan of 2004 which saw an overwhelming rejection by 76% of the GCs came as a massive shock, not only for TCs, but to the international hopes that the Cyprus problem was finally on the verge of being solved. That was then however. Eleven years on the TCs population have sent a powerful message that they are electing a leader that has the will and ambition to solve the problem.

Raising one’s hopes is not the easiest of routes for TCs who have been disappointed so often in the past. Not least by the international promises to lift the embargoes on the TCs who have shown a desire for peace. To believe we have a Messiah of conflict resolution would be a big mistake for TCs. It takes two to tango, and sadly as we have seen in the past the Cyprus problem seems to have its own dynamics. Whether the GC leader has the foresight and conviction to rise to the cNicos Anastasiades smlhallenge is something that Mustafa Akinci may find the biggest obstacle to his dreams of uniting Cyprus. Only time will tell. One thing is for certain however, many people will not blame Akinci for any failure, and if the GC leadership finally comes to the realisation that the international community, not least the United Nations are simply fed up of this never ending saga, they will simply walk away and wash their hands of Cyprus. With the world in perpetual turmoil, Cyprus is simply seen as just a pointless nuisance on the international stage. If all fails, Mustafa Akinci will end up with the same disappointment that Mehmet Ali Talat (the former TC President) faced with the Greek leader Christofyas. Anastasiades would be well warned to reflect on the price of failure. It would be ironic if permanent partition became an accepted reality under the leadership of Anastasiades who supported the Annan plan in 2004, and Mustafa Akinci whose life ambition is to unite Cyprus. That would be a tragedy written only in a horror story for those that believe in Unity.

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North Cyprus – St George’s Day 2015 at The George, Girne

St George’s Day 2015

at The George, Girne

By Peter Toms……

Wendy and I, as the Lady and Lad in Red, have continued to try and help promote good events for worthwhile causes and fun so together with George and Uzlem Ferhatogluları of The George, Girne we helped them create and promote their St George’s Day celebration on Thursday 23rd April 2015 as well as reminding people of the forthcoming BRS Blood Donor Day on Saturday 30th May at Girne State Hospital.

It started as an overcast and gloomy day but by midday out came the sun and many people joined us for the fun of the The Phoneix Line Dancers at St Georges Day at Cafe George Girneday which became even more exciting when Steve Bisson and the Phoenix Line Dancers came to strut their stuff in front of a large crowd that had gathered in the town square.

They did us proud with a selection of a total of five dances, three of which had “connections” with England – It Ain’t Cricket!, Swingland! and “London Rhythm Swings”, and they also included one Country Music dance, “Down On The Farm” and finished with “Bite The Dust”.

It Ain’t Cricket!, “Swingland! and “Down On The Farm” were choreographed by them, all of which are being danced in countries around the globe!. To see more of their videos please click here to visit Steve Bisson’s YouTube video channel or his website click here.

Jamie VincentThis fun event was also graced with entertainment by our friend Jamie the Man in Black with a great selection of his songs which had lots of people dancing and he, like The Phoenix Line Dancers, had given his time gladly to make this event so special and we would like to thank them and all of the people who came to join us on this special day that  was St George’s Day. For those readers who would like to read more of Jamie, please click here for his Facebook page.

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North Cyprus – The TRNC citizens elected Mustafa Akıncı as the new President

The TRNC citizens elected

Mustafa Akıncı as the new President

The second ballot of the TRNC Presidential elections has been held today (26th April) and the TRNC people electedMustafa Akinci Mustafa Akıncı as the new President.  Voting ended at 18:00.

Census of 678 ballot boxes out of 693 throughout the TRNC has been completed. According to the unofficial results, the winner of the second ballot who received 60.38% of the votes is Mustafa Akıncı.

The other independent candidate Derviş Eroğlu received  39.62% of votes and the rate of participation in the election was 64.15%

TRNC Public Information Logo imageSource: TRNC Public Information Office –

To read more news and information from the TRNC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here

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North Cyprus – SOS Children’s Village – World Children’s Day Raffle – 1st June 2015

SOS Children’s Village

World Children’s Day Raffle

1st June 2015

Fancy a brand new car for just 10TL?

Do you fancy winning a brand new Citroen C1? Or perhaps a 2-night stay at Korineum Golf & Beach Resort?Car

These and many more prizes are up for grabs in the SOS Children’s Village June 1stWorld Children’s Day Raffle.

For just 10TL, you could get the chance to win one of 20 great prizes and at the same time contribute to the needs of the 112 children and young people receiving vital family based care.

The raffle will be drawn on Monday June 1st  2015, at Bayrak Radio Television headquarters state lottery department, in the presence of a notary.

The winning numbers will be released by SOS Children’s Village to the press, and will be available on the website and Facebook page.

SOS Children’s Village National Director, Pelin Maneoğlu, said:SOS Childrens Village

“World Children’s Day is a chance to remember the importance of rights of children, and our obligation as responsible members of society to protect them and do whatever is necessary.

This raffle aims to both raise awareness and support the needs of children and young people receiving family-based care in our programmes.

All we ask is a small contribution, which goes such a long way into changing a young person’s life. I want to thank members of the public in advance for their support, as well as each of our sponsors for their continued support.”

How to get tickets:

  • Best Seller Book Shops in Karakum and Alsancak
  • The Food Lodge in Çatalköy
  • SOS Children’s Village National Office in Nicosia (opposite the BRT studios)
  • Call: 0392 225 20 17
  • E-mail:



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North Cyprus – Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble 2015 – The Final Event

Esentepe Fun, Run and Ramble 2015

The Final Event

Raising money for TULIPS (Help Those with Cancer)

By Sue Steel….

The final event for the EFRaR 2015 raised an incredible 11,470TL which almost doubled the amount taken in 2014 for the same event.

l-r Glen King, Lesley Roper, Andrew TaitRaziye Kocaïsmaïl, President of Help Those with Cancer Association (Tulips) and Engin Savim, Project Co-ordinator also of the Association attended the event and Mrs Kocaismail was presented with a folding book made by Mandy Hughes. The total included monies from a raffle, auction and donation from Stevie Stockwell, owner of Stevie’s Restaurant and Bar, which hosted the event. It also took into account the waived fee for Andrew sings….who entertained a full house until the early hours of the morning.  Karl Rugg was the Auctioneer for the night.

The Carrington Shield, presented every year to the person who best embodies the ethos of the Fun Run was presented to Paul Harman for all his efforts in fund-raising in North Cyprus and the UK.  The shield was accepted by Laura Kennedy on behalf of Mr Harman who won’t be in North Cyprus until May when he will do his Fun Run.

Judy Vizard, Geoff Carter-Brown, Gill Moon, Lesley RoperAlso presented were trophies for the winners of the Fishing and Golf competitions which took place earlier in the year.

A special presentation of a bouquet was made to Pam Kennedy who has, for the last three years, designed the poster and flyers for the EFRaR.

Art Watson, Chairman of EFRaR 2015 said: “Our thanks go to everyone involved in this event, it was a magnificent  effort. We will be presenting the cheque to the Association at their headquarters in Lefkoşa on Friday, 24th April 2015.”

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Words of the Week 17/2015 – Mark Twain

Words of the Week 17/2015

Mark Twain


Mark TwainSamuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called “the Great American Novel”.

Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it”, too. He died the day after the comet returned. He was lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age”, and William Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature”.



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Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Hellim/Halloumi Cheese Ravioli

Cypriot Recipes

Hellim/Halloumi Cheese Ravioli

Hellim_5Hellim/Halloumi cheese originated in Cyprus and was initially made during the Medieval Byzantine period (AD 395 – 1191), subsequently gaining popularity throughout the Middle East region.

The cheese is white, with a distinctive layered texture, similar to mozzarella and has a salty flavour.

Traditional Hellim/Halloumi is made from unpasteurised sheep and goat milk.


Hellim Ravioli_2Pastry

6 cups flour (1/2 wholemeal flour and 1/2 plain flour)

pinch of salt

warm water to make the dough firm


2 mature  and 1 fresh Hellim/Halloumi cheese, grated

2-4 eggs

dried mint

cinammon (optional)


–     Prepare the dough. Cover and let it stand for 1 hour.

–     Mix well all the ingredients for the filling.

–     Cut dough in half. Roll out each half on a lightly floured surface.

Hellim Ravioli_1–     Place the filling over one sheet of pasta, 1 tsp of filling next to the other with 5 cm gaps in-between.

–     Place remaining pasta sheet over filling. Press firmly between filling and cut with round cutter.

–   Sprinkle ravioli with a little flour.

–     The ravioli are best kept in the freezer if they are not going to be cooked immediately, otherwise boil in chicken stock and serve with grated Hellim/Halloumi cheese mixed with some dry mint.


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