Author: İpek Özerim

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President Tatar leads tributes to Sir David Amess, as Turkish Cypriot community mourns loss of a “great friend”

The senseless and shocking murder of British Parliamentarian Sir David Amess has devastated not only his family, friends and colleagues, but also the very many communities his life and work touched. The 69-year-old Conservative Member of Parliament for Southend West was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, […]

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Emirates in racism row after Turkish Cypriot passengers “humiliated” at Larnaca Airport

Two Turkish Cypriot sisters booked to fly on Emirates airline to the United Arab Emirates from Cyprus last month have complained of ‘discrimination’ and ‘racist abuse’ by the airline’s check-in staff at Larnaca Airport. Nilufer and Gulnaz Nejmi want to see the staff members responsible for the alleged abusive behaviour to be “retrained or removed”. […]

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Environmental group Avli calls on both sides in Cyprus to ‘rise to occasion and coordinate a response to the Baniyas Oil Spill’

A massive oil leak from a faulty power plant in Syria continues to threaten the eastern coastline of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot government has turned to Turkey for help, while side-stepping offers of assistance from neighbouring South Cyprus. Although the situation appears under control, changing wind and sea currents have […]

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“Utter contempt for Turkish Cypriots” – community slam UK government for “lying” about Ercan disembarkation rule

The British government has moved the goalposts over its ‘disembarkation rule’, giving a completely different reason in Parliament about why the policy was introduced for flights between the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) and the United Kingdom, angering Turkish Cypriots, who have accused the government of ‘dishonesty’. Back in 2017, the UK government claimed […]