Community Sharing in North Cyprus


The Foreign Residents in the TRNC

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 cyprusscene.com and the Cyprusscene TFR logoNorth Cyprus Forum to bring toncf logo you, the readers, the most interesting articles and news feeds that are available.

You can navigate to cyprusscene.com and the North Cyprus Forum on the web links below.

Kuzey Kibris BannerTo visit our German partner site kuzey-kibris.de with information and thousands of photos of North Cyprus – click here

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North Cyprus – Kyrenia Society Library


Kyrenia Society Library

By Chris Elliott…….

Whether you just want a book to read or perhaps you are researching a subject, it’s nice to know that there are a number of places you can visit for information and this week I visited the Kyrenia Society Library to seek information on a number of past UK public figures I was researching.

The Kyrenia Society Library was first formed in 1977 by expats and is situated behind the main Post Office in Girne, adjacent to the Law Courts Kyrenia Society Library (8)and is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings between 10am and 12pm.

Everyone is welcome to join the library which is staffed by volunteers and annual subscriptions are 20TL for a single member, 35TL for joint membership and 15TL for 3 months temporary membership, which run from April to the end of March.

From April 2016 annual subscriptions are 25TL for a single member, 40TL for joint membership and 15TL for 3 months temporary membership, which run from April to the end of March.

There is a wide and varied selection of books available comprising approx. 10,000 fiction and a further 6,000 assorted non-fiction and  in addition they  also have a selection of “talking books” and a small junior section.

For those local readers who perhaps may have books that they have finished with, the library are happy to accept any donations of books so that others may have the opportunity of enjoying them.

Volunteers are alway welcome to help and enquiries should be made at the library or to Sheila Mawhinney on 0533 833 3228.

When I visited the library it was very busy with Chairman Sheila Mawhinney and Secretary Brenda Green and a number of other volunteers helping visitors who were either returning books or making selections of fresh books to take away and read.

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North Cyprus – Kyrenia Animal Rescue – Kennel Block Rebuild Project Appeal


Kyrenia Animal Rescue

Kennel Block Rebuild Project Appeal

By Margaret Ray……..Chairperson

Dear Members, Friends and Supporters,

We are detailing below a very important project that we are desperately needing help with. Please take the time to read it and if you are able to help us in any way or need further information please do not hesitate to contact me. We would be grateful if you would also share this project appeal with your family and friends.

Thank you so much.

Margaret Ray

Kennel Block Rebuild Project Appeal

The kennel block is a vital part of the housing for dogs and puppies. It has Kar logobeen designed as 16 separate kennels with space for two or three dogs in each kennel needing special care or treatments or a mum with her litter of puppies.

This kennel block was the first building to be erected when KAR moved onto the land in May 1999 and has been used non stop for the last sixteen years.

The constant wear and tear by hundreds of dogs that have passed through the doors has taken its toll and despite constant repairs it is now in such a state that it requires a complete rebuild. This is a major project for KAR but one that is desperately needed. A great deal of thought and planning has gone into this new project which we intend should give us:

KAR Kennel Features 2

Light and airy conditions but maintaining coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter.

To give surfaces that can be easily washed down and cleaned to maintain clinical conditions.

Allow dogs to be seen without having to open the kennel or disturb them.

Give a safe, comfortable environment without being able to mix with others and stop any cross contamination.

When completed this kennel block will be used as a quarantine facility for new dogs coming into our care so that they can be assessed and given early parasite treatments. Also, for puppies, to help try to alleviate Parvovirus, Distemper etc and those dogs needing special treatments. The building work will be completed in stages as and when the funds are reached for each kennel. We are hoping that it will not take too many months/years to complete. The costs do not however include the roof which will be a separate project at a later date. The roof built of asbestos is not in bad condition but requires a special sealant/paint which is an added expense.

KAR puppyWe are advised that the total cost of this project will be in the region of £24,000. The cost of this project has been broken down to each of the 16 kennels so that we are hoping kind members of the public may sponsor the building of the kennels at a cost of £1,500 or £500. Each person or company sponsoring a kennel will have their name or their nominated name on a plaque on their kennel.

We are appealing to members of the public from all over the world and are lucky to announce that two kennels have been sponsored by a very kind benefactor from Holland in memory of his dog Tess ‘from her Dutch companion’. Only 14 more kennels to go!!!!

Attached are photographs to show conditions of the kennel block today. We will continue to give updates and photographs of the work until completed.

KAR thanks you for all your generous support over the years and thanks you again in anticipation of your help once again for this our ‘Kennel Block Rebuild Project’.

Sponsorship Details

Please help if you can. You can donate your sponsorship by:

  • Visiting our office at A13a Ugur Mumcu Caddesi, Karakum, Girne
    or
  • Pay your sponsorship into our UK Bank Account
    (Sort Code: 40-21-02, Account No: 11364812, IBAN No: GB57MIDL4021136812
    BIC No: MIDLGB2131B). When paying into the bank account please add ‘KRP’ and your name. Please also email us with your details and wording for the sponsorship plaque.

KAR contributions

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North Cyprus – TRNC News Today – 29th June 2015


TRNC News Today

Statement delivered by Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on behalf of the Leaders

Determined to keep the pace of their meetings and in line with their joint commitment to a leader-led process, the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Mustafa Akıncı, met today in a positive and results-orientated atmosphere.

The leaders are now immersed in substantive negotiations. Their focus is on unresolved core issues. To enable their discussions Espen Barth Eide newtoday, the negotiators provided the leaders with an update on the work they have carried out on a specific set of core issues across the chapters of governance, property and criteria on territory.

Mr Akıncı and  Mr Anastasiades discussed those issues at length in a pragmatic and constructive manner, making further progress. They provided new guidance to the negotiators, who will meet three more times this week to carry forward their work on core issues.

On the topic of confidence building measures, the leaders continued their exchange. They took stock of the work done to implement already agreed confidence building measures, expressing satisfaction with the progress made to date. Mr. Anastasiades and Mr. Akıncı expect that practical solutions to any pending issues will soon be found, bringing the implementation of those measures closer to completion.

The leaders exchanged views on the economic prospects that would arise from a solution.

With substantive negotiations now at the centre of their work, Mr. Akıncı and Mr. Anastasiades reiterated their resolve to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible.

Within the positive climate, the leaders will jointly participate in the event that will be co-organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce on 8 July. On the same day, they will also jointly participate in a meeting with religious leaders.

Their next Leaders’ meeting will be on Friday, 10 July.

Akıncı: “EU should prepare Turkish Cypriots for a solution”

According to the announcement made by the President’s office, the Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı is set to travel to Brussels Martin Schulztoday for a series of high level contacts with the EU officials. Within the framework of his Brussels visit Akıncı will come together with the President of the EU Parliament Martın Shultz alongside other high level EU officials. Akıncı will return to the Island on Friday after completing his contacts in Brussels. Akıncı will convey the messages as: “The EU should prepare Turkish Cypriots for a solution in Cyprus. The EU has great responsibilities in this process” and “It’s time for a solution in Cyprus, we should not lose any time.”  Speaking to Milliyet newspaper President Akıncı said: “The EU should contribute to the negotiation process in Cyprus however the negotiations will continue within the UN process.”

On the other hand the two Cypriot leaders have met today and according to the statement they made after their previous meeting Akıncı and Anastasiades are expected to give a start to the substantive talks. Administration and Power Sharing, Property, EU Affairs, Guarantees, Territory and Map, and Economy issues will be on the table. The leaders will continue to negotiate on the ‘Anastasiades – Akıncı Convergence Papers’ prepared by the negotiators of both sides. (Milliyet Newspaper)

Crisis in Greece alarms South Cyprus

The crisis caused because of disagreement in the negotiations between Greece and Troika alarms South Cyprus. Greek Cypriot newspapers noted that Greek Prime Minister Aleksis Tsipras convened the Council of Ministers extraordinarily and a decision for a referendum was taken concerning the approval of the financial program when financial austerity program was not agreed in the negotiations held between International Monetary Fund and European Union.European Union logoIMF logo

The newspapers stated that the decision for a referendum taken by the Greek government was reacted to by Euro Group, a highly critical referendum will be held in Greece on 5 July. They also added that following the decision for a referendum taken by Tsipras, the Greek citizens, experienced as in South Cyprus in 2013, queued in front of the automated teller machine (ATM) for the fear that the banks will be closed and they will run out of money and they rushed into the markets.

The newspapers also underlined that the crisis in Greece will lead to a crisis also in South Cyprus and they included the statements of Spokesperson of Greek Cypriot government Nikos Hristodulidis related to the issue.

According to the news of Greek Cypriot daily Alithia, in the statement made to Greek Cypriot News Agency, Hristodulidis pointed out that the Greek Cypriot government follows the developments closely and emphasized the importance that Greece should stay in the Euro zone.

Stating that Greek leader Nikos Anastasiades supports the Greek thesis in the meeting of European Council held in Brussels, Hristodulidis pointed out that what is important for South Cyprus is that the events should continue as Greece will be a member of the Euro zone.

Replying to a question concerning the dangers to be caused if Greece leaves the Euro zone, Hristodulidis said that the government hopes such a danger will not be caused.

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History – Groovy Historian – The 1878 Cyprus Convention and what followed – Part 2


Groovy Historian

The 1878 Cyprus Convention and what followed

Part 2

By the Groovy Historian……..

Hey there, this is the groovy historian : In this Vodcast I will be talking about the Cyprus Convention of 1878 between Britain and Turkey and how the island and its politics changed In 1947  when the British Governor, in accordance with the British Government’s declaration on colonial policy, published proposals for greater self-government. They were rejected in favour of the slogan “ENOSIS” union with Greece.

Georgios Grivas - Picture courtesy WikapediaIn 1955 Georgios Grivas, a Cypriot who had served as an officer in the Greek army, began a concerted campaign for Enosis. His national organization of Cypriot struggle “EOKA” bombed public buildings and attacked and killed both Greek Cypriot and British opponents of Enosis.

Following this self-government was proposed in 1956, but all of the proposals were rejected and the attacks continued. Archbishop Makarios III, supported the national aspirations of the Greek Cypriots and was deported to the Seychelles.

He was released from exile in March 1957 and made his headquarters in Athens. By that time the operations of EOKA had been reduced, but the Turkish Cypriot minority, led by Fazıl Küçük, expressed alarm and demanded either retrocession to Turkey or partition. Public opinion in Greece and Turkey rallied in support of the two communities, respectively; riots ensued, and Greek residents were expelled from Turkey. Despite mediation by the United Nations, the two sides reached no solution.

Makarios IIIAccording to the terms of the treaties, the new republic would not participate in a political or economic union with any other state, nor would it be subject to partition. Greece, Turkey, and Britain guaranteed the independence, integrity, and security of the republic, and Greece and Turkey agreed to respect the integrity of the areas remaining under British sovereignty. In December 1959 Makarios was elected president and Küçük vice president, both of whom could exercise a veto in matters relating to security, defense, and foreign affairs. Turkish Cypriots, who made up less than one-fifth of the population, were to represent three-tenths of the civil service and two-fifths of the army and to elect three-tenths of the House of Representatives, and a joint Greek and Turkish military headquarters was also to be established.

The first general election took place in July 1960 and 35 seats were taken by the Greek Cypriots and 15 seats were taken by Turkish Cypriots and Cyprus became a republic on August 16, 1960, and was admitted as a member of the UN. The British government agreed to provide financial assistance over a period of five years, and Cyprus gained membership in the Commonwealth in March 1961.

The long-standing conflict between the Greek Cypriot majority and the Turkish Cypriot minority intensified following independence and Makarios proposed 13 amendments to Küçük in late 1963. These were rejected by the Turkish government and the Turkish Cypriots, and fighting broke out between the two Cypriot communities. As a result, the area controlled by the Turkish Cypriots was reduced to a few enclaves, and Nicosia was divided by a cease-fire line—known as the Green Line. In March 1964 the UN Security Council agreed to send to Cyprus a multinational peacekeeping force, the mandate of which was extended as the conflict continued. In 1964 the Turkish air force intervened after intensified fighting broke out in the northwest. Contingents of troops and officers from Greece and Turkey were taken into the island clandestinely to command and train the forces raised by the two communities. Grivas, returned from Greece to command the Greek Cypriot National Guard. In 1967 an incident led to a Turkish ultimatum to Greece, backed by the threat of intervention. The military junta then ruling Greece complied by withdrawing the mainland contingents and General Grivas. An uneasy peace ensued, but intercommunal talks failed to produce a solution.

Makarios was re-elected president in 1968 by an overwhelming majority and won again in 1973. Although he had been a leader in the campaign for Enosis, many Greek Cypriots and mainland Greeks believed that as president, he was content with Cyprus’s independence. Angered, dissidents tried to assassinate Makarios in 1970 and 1973,

Nikos SampsonOn July 15, 1974, a detachment of the National Guard, led by officers from mainland Greece, launched a coup to assassinate Makarios and establish Enosis. They demolished the presidential palace, but Makarios escaped. A former EOKA member, Nikos Sampson, was proclaimed president of Cyprus. Five days later Turkish forces landed at Kyrenia to overthrow Sampson’s government. They were met by vigorous resistance, but the Turks were successful in establishing a bridgehead around Kyrenia and linking it with the Turkish sector of Nicosia. On July 23 Greece’s junta fell, and a democratic government under Konstantinos Karamanlis took power. At the same time, Sampson was replaced in Cyprus by Glafcos Clerides, who as president of the House of Representatives automatically succeeded the head of state in the latter’s absence. As required by treaty, the three guarantor powers—Britain, Greece, and Turkey—met for discussions in Geneva, but the Turkish advance continued until mid-August. By that time Turkey controlled roughly the northern third of the island. In December Makarios returned and resumed the presidency, and a few months later Turkish leaders proclaimed a Turkish Federated State of Cyprus under Rauf Denktash as president. Since that time the boundary between the two has existed until today.

What is amazing is that the Greek and Turkish peoples of Cyprus have lived side by side and share so much culture and traditions and it is only since the quest for Enosis started that they have become separated and I wonder can they come together again?

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Words of the Week 26/2015 – Arnold Schwarzenegger


Words of the Week 26/2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (born July 30th 1947) is an Austrian-born American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician. Schwarzenegger served two terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011.

Words of the Week 26_2015

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Chef´s Choice – Cypriot Recipes – Chicken Stew (Güvec)


Cypriot Recipes

Chicken Stew (Güveç)

GüvecGüveç or Đuveč is a Turkish, North Cypriot, Bosnian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Serbian oven-baked meat and vegetable stew similar to ratatouille.

Depending on the region meats can include chicken, pork, lamb or sometimes beef or fish (or the meat can even be omitted), while vegetables may include onion, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini (courgettes), eggplant, peas, potatoes, carrots, etc.

The name “đuveč” comes from an earthernware casserole in which it is traditionally prepared; the Turkish word “güveç” means “hot pot”, “casserole” or “stew”.

Ingredients

4 large chicken thighs

Sucuk100g Sucuk (Turkish sausage), sliced

1 onion, sliced

2 small garlic cloves, chopped

1 red pepper, sliced

1 small eggplant, diced

1 green chilli, sliced

Bulgur50g fine bulgur (cracked wheat)

olive oil

2 tbsp tomato paste

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

500ml chicken stock

spices to taste (can be thyme, cumin, paprika or other spices and herbs)

Preparation

Pre-heat the oven to 190°C / gas mark 5.

Rub in the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper and a little bit of oil.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and  add the chicken, skin side down. Fry until the skin is nicely browned.

Take the thighs out and set aside. Add the sausage, onion, garlic, red pepper, aubergine, chilli and spices/herbs. Cook until the vegetables are soft (about 10 to 15 minutes).

Add the bulgur and the tomato paste and stir well. Pour in the red wine vinegar and the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Then turn the heat off, add the chicken again (skin side up), cover the pan and put it into the oven for 40 – 45 minutes.

Best to be served with fresh salad and bread.

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North Cyprus – Tourism – Esentepe Beach Development


Tourism

Esentepe Beach Development

By Graham Brown…….

Our local readers in the Esentepe area will have been aware of something happening on our local coastline and sadly some people have been posting negative and unhelpful comments about this on a local forum so I decided to investigate and try and clarify what is happening.

Having taken time to tour the area of current development and make appropriate enquiries I am able to offer the following information.Esentepe Beach development

There will be 51 log cabins for renting out where the new car park is to be constructed. The restaurant will be overlooking the sea and half will be glass bottomed so you can look down over the cliffs. There will be steps down to the beach to the right of the car park. Each cabin is costing approx 23,000 TL although there is no finish date yet. The area where the the old derelict restaurant was will be grassed over and possibly become a picnic area.

The restaurant on the beach should be ready by August and a jetty is being built for boat launching. Also more log cabins are proposed to be built in line with the restaurant. The land between the restaurant and the west beach is not owned by the Belideyesi but the Ko-op and no decision has been made as to what that will be used for.

The project is a good idea and let’s hope that the beach and facilities will be well looked after and used by Turkish Cypriots and expats and all other foreign tourists  alike.

Please visit my website click here to see pictures of this development and other news.

Esentepe Beach Plans

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