Tag: British High Commission in Cyprus

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TRNC Presidency call UK discrimination of Turkish Cypriots “unacceptable” after royal couple reject President Tatar’s invitation

A visit to Cyprus by members of the Royal Family has been criticised by the President of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) after their itinerary only included meetings in the southern part of the island and on the British bases. TRNC President Ersin Tatar was again deliberately kept in the dark by the […]

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Commonwealth Games: UK slammed for “blatant discrimination” as Turkish Cypriots excluded from Queen’s Baton Relay

Community leaders and British Turkish Cypriot politicians have hit out at the British High Commission in Nicosia for failing to include Turkish Cypriots in the Queen’s Baton Relay, which will be touring southern Cyprus this weekend to promote the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, Councillor Kay Isa, and Ayşe Osman, President of […]

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New rules for British citizens in North Cyprus crossing into South Cyprus

The British High Commission in Nicosia has issued a statement concerning new procedures from the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus affecting British nationals in North Cyprus. From 1 October 2021, those living in or visiting the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus can cross freely across any Green Line check-point into South Cyprus as many times […]

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‘Everywhere bar Ercan’ for corona-stranded Brits in North Cyprus

Ten days ago, I highlighted the plight of some 120 British nationals, many of Turkish Cypriot descent, stranded in North Cyprus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lots of affected individuals, their British MPs, and community groups have all been lobbying the UK Foreign Office to demand their return. Since then, there has been a flurry […]

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Queen recognises Turkish Cypriot human rights campaigner

The Queen has given a Turkish Cypriot campaigner a top award for her efforts in tackling human trafficking and modern day slavery. British High Commissioner to Cyprus Stephen Lillie presented Mine Yücel with a Commonwealth Point of Light certificate signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Commonwealth awards scheme was launched last year as […]