in Cyprus Today – 25/6/2011

Strays being hounded out – Kyrenia Animal Rescue is considering whether to continue its neuter-and-return policy in Lapta after Mayor Fuat Namsoy said he did not want dogs on the street in his area. His comments came as municipality officials, police and a vet removed nine dogs from the Lapta home of retired nurse Õzgül Ediz following complaints about the noise from neighbours. They said they were taking the dogs to KAR, a claim denied by the charity  It is believed the dogs were put to sleep. 

‘No return of Girne’ – President – President Derviș Eroğlu has said that Girne will not be “returned” to Greek Cypriots and they should stop asking for its return.

Special Offer on car duty – An amnesty on customs fees for imported cars has been ushered in for the third year running and its being specifically aimed at expats. The offer which is running until August 26, will see motorists able to pay just 60% of the value of their vehicle irrespective of engine size.

Claims over funding for airline company – What started out as good news about the new TRNC national flag carrier appears to have opened up a can of worms. A limited company has been formed so as to be able to register North Cyprus Airlines in Turkey after a series of delays to the public-private airline which should have been flying two months ago. Steps to form NCA are continuing.

Union’s school fight – Union leaders have vowed to continue their fight against the controversial hand over of Eastern Mediterranean University schools to a Turkish group of colleges, despite the governments formal approval of the move.

Fresh Hopes for Cyprus peace talks – There appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel in the Cyprus peace talks ahead of next months Geneva summit. Greek language newspapers in South Cyprus have claimed that the TRNC President is softening his stance at the negotiating table. They say that the Turkish Cypriot side which had previously demanded the right to make its own international agreements, has now accepted that a federal government would have the last say. 7 July will be the third meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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