Varosha in North Cyprus to Become the Las Vegas of the Mediterranean

Varosha in North Cyprus to Become the Las Vegas of the MediterraneanNorth Cyprus Prime Minister, Ersin Tatar, is quoted as saying that Varosha (Maras) is intended to become the Las Vegas of the Mediterranean returning to it’s old days when it was a popular destination for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.

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If Turkey Annexes North Cyprus Would it Become More Like Turkey?

If Turkey Annexes North Cyprus Would it Become More Like Turkey?As part of the battle between Turkey and Europe/USA, North Cyprus has become a hostage that Turkey threatens to use as a response to threatened sanctions. If Turkey annexes North Cyprus would it become more like Turkey? In other words, would North Cyprus become just be another Turkish region, called Kibris perhaps?

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Europe and the US Will Be Enforcing Sanctions on Turkey in a Few Weeks

Europe and the US Will Be Enforcing Sanctions on TurkeyAccording to the Wall Street Journal (20.6.19), Europe and the US will be enforcing sanctions on Turkey in the next few weeks. This is in response to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decisions to drill for oil in the Eastern Mediterranean and his planned purchase of a Russian missile-defense system. The Turkish Lira’s value responded accordingly.

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Turkish Cypriots Plan to Resettle the Maraş/Varosha Northern Cyprus Village

Turkish Cypriots Plan to Resettle the Maraş Varosha Northern Cyprus VillageSeveral sources are reporting that Turkish Cypriots are planning to resettle the Maraş/Varosha Northern Cyprus village. The village is in the abandoned southern quarter of Mağusa (Famagusta). After the 1974 Turkish intervention (invasion) it came under Turkish control, and has remained abandoned ever since. As of 2019, the quarter continues to be uninhabited and is described as a ghost town. Entry is forbidden to the public.

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North Cyprus News | Cyprus Today - 15th June 2019

North Cyprus News - Cyprus Today - 15th June 2019North Cyprus News

Well it’s that time of the week again, another edition of Cyprus Today hits the news stands and before you know it, they’re fish and chip paper. Not much in this week’s edition but it’s a weekly so it has to report all the ‘news’ of the week, even if there is very little to report. It’s a bit Shakespearean this week – Much To Do About Nothing.

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North Cyprus News | Unofficial Extradition Treaty | Cyprus Prisoner Exchange

North Cyprus News - Unofficial Extradition Treaty - Cyprus Prisoner ExchangeNorth Cyprus News

According to the CNA, the first exchange of criminals between North Cyprus and the South, meditated by the UN, took place at the Ledra Palace checkpoint.

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North Cyprus Law | Drug Dealer Allegedly Allowed to Escape for £20000 Bribe

North Cyprus Law | Drug Dealer Allegedly Allowed to Escape for £20000 BribeccusationAccording to  North Cyprus daily Yeni Düzen (12.06.19), an Iranian drug dealer alleged that a North Cyprus Law officer accepted a £20,000 bribe in order for him to be allowed to escape and return to Iran.

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Turkey Proposes Sovereign Base in North Cyprus Similar to British in the South

Turkey Proposes Sovereign Base in North Cyprus Similar to British in the SouthAccording to the Turkish daily Yeni Safah (14.06.19) the Turkish Naval Forces propose the “establishment of sovereign bases” in North Cyprus similar to the British bases in the South. They argue that naval bases need to be located in an appropriate place, with the aim to strengthening the positions of Turkey and North Cyprus at the Cyprus negotiation talks. They also point to the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean that require the Turkish fleet to protect the Fatih drilling ship and the Barbaros Hayrettin Pasa, they argue.

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North Cyprus News | Geçitkale Airport Set to Reopen

North Cyprus News - Geçitkale Airport Set to ReopenNorth Cyprus News – Geçitkale Airport

According to Kıbrıs Postası (13.06.19)  the Northern Cyprus government has decided to take action and open Geçitkale Airport without the participation of Turkish Cypriot businessman Asil Nadir who has not fulfilled any of the applications that he has was committed to when he was awarded the contract in 2010.

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Cyprus Near The Bottom of the European Global Peace Index

Global Peace IndexThe newly published Global Peace Index (GPI) reported that, in terms of peacefulness, Cyprus was almost the worse in Europe; ranked 30 out of 36 countries followed by Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovnia, Kosovo and in last place, Turkey. Globally, Cyprus was ranked 63rd out of 163 countries with Turkey at 152nd and Afghanistan placed last. The most peaceful country was Iceland, joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark. Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years. It is now ranked at number 15.

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