Medya OdasıTurkish Cypriot Press Review: “The government will not collapse because of this”

National Unity Party (UBP) leader and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, who refuses to allow the development masterplan to be published in the official gazette to be enforced, put forward by the People’s Party’s (HP) Interior Ministry, rejected the allegations that the coalition government has reached its end. Tatar said the said masterplan did not receive communal consensus.
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Yenidüzen

Unregistered and illegal Koran courses to be shut down

The Ministry of Education took action following Yenidüzen’s effective reporting. The Secondary Education Department is taking steps to shut down a guest house in Alsancak (Karavas) which is being used as a boarding school teaching the Koran. The head of the department Cengiz Uzun will be submitting a report to the ministry and the minister will have the final say.

  • Demand for potatoes from the south –The potato crop in the south was destroyed as a result of too much rain and the consequent flooding of fields. Now there is a demand for potatoes from the north.

Kıbrıs Postası

“The government will not collapse because of this”

National Unity Party (UBP) leader and Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, who refuses to allow the development masterplan to be published in the official gazette to be enforced, put forward by the People’s Party’s (HP) Interior Ministry, rejected the allegations that the coalition government has reached its end. Tatar said the said masterplan did not receive communal consensus.

  • HP leader Yenal Senin: “Obstructing the development masterplan is nothing but disregarding the law” – Senin said: “We have to be courageous.”
  • Founding President Rauf Denktaş remembered on his death anniversary.

Kıbrıs

Britons left homeless

The land, on which the “Greatstone 2” housing estate in Lapta (Lapithos) was built, along with the 13 homes located on the plot, was auctioned off on Sunday for ₺3,445.000 to Bülent Yüksekbaş. The homeowners protested the procedure outside the coffee shop where the auction was being held.

  • Development master plan will not be enforced – Prime Minister Ersin Tatar announced that the development master plan for Famagusta-İskele (Trikomo)-Yeniboğaziçi (Agios Sergios) will not be published in the official gazette due to incorrect procedures during the drafting of the plan and ongoing continuing technical debates on the plan.

Havadis

Development masterplan turns into a scratch book

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar announced that the development masterplan for Famagusta-İskele (Trikomo)-Yeniboğaziçi (Agios Sergios) will not be published in the official gazette. Cafer Gürcafer, head of the Cyprus Turkish Contractor Companies’ Association, demands that the issue if clarified without further delay.

Diyalog

Heading towards a new crisis

Prime Minister Ersin Tatar, who is under immense pressure from some circles, announced that the Famagusta, Yeniboğaziçi (Agios Sergios) and İskele (Trikomo) development masterplan will not come into force. The Peoples’ Party (HP) expressed its concern over Tatar’s remarks.

  • It has been announced 30 years later – According to classified British documents, former Greek Cypriot leader George Vassiliou had accepted a confederation.

Afrika

Master development plan victim of unearned profit

The Famagusta, Yeniboğaziçi (Agios Sergios) and İskele (Trikomo) development masterplan has been prevented from coming into force. Prime Minister Ersin Tatar announced that the plan will not be published in the official gazette and will therefore not come into force. He said that his next move on the issue will depend on the answer he gets from the prosecutor’s office. Everyone is curious to see what the reaction of the coalition partner HP, which is defending the plan, will be.

  • Ersin Tatar is determined. The National Unity Party (UBP) will nominate its own candidate – UBP leader Ersin Tatar who denied allegations that Turkey was intervening in the elections and had given him instructions said, “The UBP will walk its path.”
  • We can’t solely depend on the water from Turkey – President Mustafa Akıncı inspected the Geçitköy (Panarga) Dam. He said that it was not possible to solely depend on the water from Turkey and that local resources should not be neglected.

Main News

We cannot be solely dependent on Turkey’s water, says Akıncı

Yenidüzen, Kıbrıs Postası, Kıbrıs, Havadis, Diyalog, Afrika
Economy

OVERVIEW

“We cannot be solely dependent on the freshwater supply from Turkey,” President Mustafa Akıncı said on Sunday following a visit made to the Geçitköy (Panarga) dam.  

In a post on social media, Akıncı said the water flow from Turkey to the Geçitköy (Panarga) Dam will temporarily cease as a result of the problem in the pipeline.

He warned that the duration of the repairs could last longer than expected.

“Water is life however it is not right to plan our lives based on the water supplied from Turkey. It is no doubt an important project to supply the north with water but it is vital not to neglect our own resources,” Akıncı stressed.

He emphasised the importance of protecting the underground water resources on the island, utilizing the rainwater to feed underground reserves and to limit rainwater running down the rivers from flowing into the sea.

“It is vital to give due importance to water-saving measures,” Akıncı concluded.


UBP will be nominating its own candidate

Kıbrıs Postası, Kıbrıs, Havadis, Afrika
Governance & Power sharing

OVERVIEW

Leader of the National Unity Party (UBP)-Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said on Sunday that his party will be nominating its own candidate.

Speaking to online news portal HaberKıbrıs,he said the party will announce its decision on Saturday, January 18.

Commenting on rumours that he had received instructions from Ankara to step down and support independent candidate Kudret Özersay, Tatar said that these claims were aimed at knocking him out of the race.

“Such accusations are an insult on the UBP and me,” he said, expressing concern that this campaign against him could hurt relations with Turkey.


Demand for north’s potatoes from the south

Yenidüzen
Economy

OVERVIEW

“Greek Cypriot potato exporters have asked for 1300 tons of potatoes from the north,” Engin Halkseven, head of the association for potato growers in the north.

Speaking to Yenidüzen, Halkseven said the torrential rains hit the potato crop in the south, flooding fields and destroying 30 to 45 tons of potatoes.

He added that the export demand will be met depending on the harvest in the north.

Halkseven noted that Turkish Cypriot potato growers have also not been able to check their crops as the fields are too muddy to enter.

“We will decide on the export of potatoes by taking the needs of the domestic market into consideration and after examining the situation carefully,” Halkseven said.

Halkseven had told Yenidüzen earlier that there were 2500 tons of excess potatoes currently being kept in the cold-storage units.

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