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Cypriot News Headlines 9.6.11

cyprus newsCypriot newspaper headlines for June 9th, 2011...Alithia: "Teeth bared at President" headlines an article saying that DIKO officials made it clear that the party has no commitment to AKEL for municipal elections or the presidential elections in 2013.

Simerini: "All rush for measures on economy" headlines an article saying that the government and parties are all discussing the European Commission's recommendations on the economy. In other news, ex-DIKO MP Zacharias Koulias said that a political coup had been carried out against him in the wake of his expulsion from DIKO. He spoke of pogroms, ostracism, persecution and said the DIKO leadership only wants to hold onto power.

Phileleftheros: The paper says that public employee unions PASYDY and PEO have agreed to a two-year wage freeze.

Xaravgi (communist party paper): "Archbishop retreats" headlines an article about the face-off between KEO workers and Archbishop Chrysostomos II. Mediation by the Labour Office managed to reach a compromise and end a strike, says the paper. 

Turkish-Cypriot news headlines 9th June, 2011 (source PIO).

Bayrak TV reports that 'prime minister' Irsen Kucuk held a press conference yesterday assessing his “government’s” first year in office. Kucuk’s administration started after the “election” of Dervis Eroglu to the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community in April 2010.

Commenting on the economic situation in the occupied area of Cyprus, Kucuk said the austerity package currently being implemented by his “government” was aimed at ensuring the steady development of the economy. Kucuk also commented on peace talks saying that: “Cyprus is our national cause. Our Cyprus policy is based on the UN parameters which envisage the formation of a new bi-communal, bi-zonal partnership Republic on the basis of political equality and two founding states, which will eventually become part of the EU.”

He reiterated the Turkish view that the continuation of Turkey’s active and effective guarantees is essential when a “new partnership” is formed. He also underlined the importance of the “new partnership” to be registered as primary EU law.

Vatan reports that Sener Elcil, general secretary of the Primary School Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) evaluated the 'TRNC' decision to deny Turkish Cypriot students studying in the government-controlled area the possibility to study in Turkey with their GCE, IGCSE and A-level exams.

Commenting on the new development, Sener Elcil evaluated this practice as a “mentality making the education an instrument of politics” and accused the self-styled government of being racist and separatist. He further said that the precondition for the students to graduate from “TRNC schools and colleges” is a racist behaviour against the students studying in the free areas of Cyprus and it means that they are excluded.

Elcil went on saying that this is a political initiative in the direction of preventing examples which show that the Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots could live together.

Elcil stated also that the above-mentioned decision is a good example of the policy followed in the direction of the dividing the island adding that efforts are exerted to hide the fact that Turkey is the side that imposes embargoes and isolation on the Turkish Cypriot community.

Elcil protested against Turkey and the “UBP government” and said that they will carry the issue to the international field.

Halkin Sesi reports that charter flights will begin between Iran and north Cyprus. The flights will be held 3-4 times a week and Iranian tourists will be transferred to occupied Cyprus. Ustel, who was in Iran in order to represent the occupation regime at the 2nd Persian Travel Market Tourism Exhibition in Tehran, stated that flights will begin in the upcoming days.

Kibris reports that a large number of Turkish citizens living in the north have travelled to the Turkish cities of Mersin and Tasucu in order to cast their vote for the June 12 parliamentary elections.

Halkin Sesi reports that Lefke football club decided unanimously to file an application to the “High Administrative Court” regarding the heavy punishment imposed to them by the “Turkish Cypriot Football Federation” as a result of some incidents after a foodball game. They also decided to discuss with the Cyprus Football Federation (CFA) the issue of Lefke’s becoming a member of CFA. A member of Lefke named Baris Burcu was authorised to hold the discussions with CFA. Burcu submitted in writing to CFA Lefke’s request for a meeting, writes the paper noting that the Club is waiting for CFA’s reply now.

Poll

Do you agree with the UK and US airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria?
Yes, ISIS has to be stopped.
70%
No, it will just make things worse, and Cyprus is exposed.
23%
Maybe, if it leads to a peaceful solution.
7%
Total votes: 96