Cyprus Star – 2/12/2011

Cyprus News UpdateBritain urged to take action on Cyprus issueTurkish President Abdullah Gũl has urged Britain, one of Cyprus’ guarantor powers, to take action to help solve the problem of the island’s division before Greek Cyprus assumes the EU’s rotating presidency in July 2012. The President returned to Turkey from an official UK visit last week.

New Amnesty law to be prepared
Metehan and other road checkpoints in the TRNC will be closed for travel to South Cyprus during the census on Sunday 4th December except for those who have valid tickets or documents for travel in South Cyprus. A new law is to be prepared on Monday 5th, following the previous days census in the TRNC. There will be an amnesty for those living in the TRNC who are living here illegally at the moment. They will not be fined or obliged to leave the TRNC if they register themselves during the census on Sunday. The new law will not apply to those who are currently out of the country.

Kib-Tek has debts at all banks
The company owes a total of 271 million TL to all banks. Chairman of the Electric Workers Union said the company will be completely bankrupted next year. He continued that they are protecting some of the businesses and won’t let them cut off the businesses who have close contacts with the government. He also said the same tricky game which was played on CTA is being played on us now.

Electricity Blackout campaign launched
The campaign is for everyone to switch off their lights for 10 minutes at 9.05 every evening as a protest against the recent price hikes which will not solve the problem of Kib-Tek’s massive debt. The Cyprus Turkish Hoteliers Association say the price hikes will make the economy shrink.

Well done Minister
Chemical spraying in the TRNC forests against the Pine Processionary  Moth was stopped on November 25th by direct order of the Agricultural Minister Ali Çetin Amcaoğlu. The chemicals which contain the substance ‘Dimilin’ has attracted reactions by environmental associations because of the damage to the environment, especially as it was being mixed with diesel oil. Alternative methods to control the moths will be looked into.

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