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European ‘ghost town’ to transform into the next Vegas

Radical plans are underway to transform a deserted ‘ghost town’ into a European hotspot for gambling,  shopping, fine dining and entertainment, to compete with Las Vegas or Macao. 

A consortium of prominent businesspeople have approached authorities in the Turkish Republic of  Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with a grand proposal to create a major new resort city. 

Billionaire businesspeople from across the globe as well as some of the world’s most successful hoteliers  have identified the beachfront town of Maraş, a suburb of Famagusta, as the best location for this new  billion pound project. 

During the early 1970s, Maraş was the top tourist destination in Cyprus and one of the most popular tourist  destinations in the world and attracted the glitz and glamour of Hollywood celebrities such as Brigitte  Bardot and Sophia Loren. However, following the Cypriot civil war and the Turkish intervention it has lain  empty and is now a ghost town. Buildings have deteriorated over time, metal has corroded and plants and 

trees grow through the roads and pavements. 

Maraş is host to one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and sea turtles have been known to nest  there. 

Under the new proposals, Maraş would be restored to its place as one of the world’s top holiday  destinations. Dozens of casinos, luxury hotels and resorts, shops and fine dining restaurants are planned.

Dr Muhammet Yasarata, Chairman and CEO of the Paradise and Premier Group of Companies, a leading  luxury tour operator in North Cyprus, Turkey and Malta said: 

“For too long America has held Las Vegas as a shining example of what can be achieved through strategic  investment. It is about time Europe had a contender to attract tourists from all corners of the globe. 

“What better place to establish a rival, than in a historically significant tourist destination that has  languished unused and neglected for far too long. 

“This year Maraş will have stood deserted for half a century, which is far too long.  

“Now is the opportune moment to unleash our creativity and explore ways in which Maraş can flourish and  offer experiences to people across the world.” 

Chet Ramadan, Co-Chairman of the Freedom and Fairness for Northern Cyprus campaign said: 

“North Cyprus and the rest of the island will benefit enormously from this development. It will show the  world that North Cyprus is open for business. 

The University of Oxford welcomes the Turkish Cypriot President to mark its 40th anniversary as a nation

The President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) visited The University of Oxford, to mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the state, and set out his plans for a new co-operation agreement with Greek Cyprus.

At an event, last week (Monday 20th November) at St John’s College, the University of Oxford, President Ersin Tatar set out a new all-encompassing initiative for cooperation dialogue between TRNC and Greek Cyprus to secure peaceful coexistence on the island and create an environment of interdependence.

President Tatar was joined at the event by Ambassador Osman Koray Ertaş (Turkish Ambassador to the UK), Ambassador Çimen Keskin (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Representative to the UK), TRNC community representatives, and students of the University of Oxford.

President Tatar called for the North and South to cooperate on a wide range of issues, including hydrocarbon resources off the coast of Cyprus; electrical interconnectivity with the European Union’s grid via the Republic of Türkiye; effective use of solar energy as a means of transitioning to green energy; managing the Island’s freshwater resources; demining; and curbing of irregular migration.

The President reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution to the Cyprus issue based on sovereign equality and equal international status of the two sides.

Commenting on the visit, Chet Ramadan, Co-Chairman of the Freedom and Fairness for Northern Cyprus campaign said:

It was an excellent initiative of the University of Oxford to host this event to mark the 40th anniversary of the TRNC, which means so much to the 300,000 Turkish Cypriots living in the UK.

The President set out his proposal for how the north and south can co-operate and co-exist peacefully which is absolutely essential given the volatility of the region.

Senior politicians to join 30,000 Turkish Cypriots at London festival

Senior politicians from the UK and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) are set to join thirty thousand people from the Turkish Cypriot community to celebrate its history and culture this weekend in London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and former Conservative Party Leader, Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, will join Ersin Tatar, President of the TRNC, on Sunday (July 2nd) to mark the Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival at Donkey Lane in Enfield, north London.

President Tatar is expected to use the event to protest that there are no direct flights between the UK and the TRNC , which makes life so difficult for the hundreds of thousands of Turkish Cypriots who travel between the two countries.

Direct flights would also mean that the TRNC would become a more popular destination with British tourists.

Speaking before the event, President Tatar said:
“The Turkish Cypriot community is thriving in Britain. 300,000 Turkish Cypriots have been welcomed into British society.
“I look forward to joining so many in London to celebrate our history, our culture and our important relationship with Britain and British people.

“I want to further enhance our relationship with Britain by establishing direct flights between our two nations which will make it so much easier for the Turkish Cypriot community and will enable us to welcome so many more British friends to the TRNC.”
The festival, organised by the Council of Turkish Cypriots Association (CTCA), is the sixth to take place, with the inaugural event taking place in 2017. However, the past three have been held online because of the pandemic.

The event will bring together tens of thousands of families and friends from the Turkish Cypriot community.

There will be traditional folk dancing, an array of food stalls, arts and crafts and funfair rides and the day will be topped off with a live performance from Işın Karaca, the British-born Turkish Cypriot pop star.

One of the event organisers, Chet Ramadan said:
“After three years of marking this event online, it will be fantastic to celebrate face to face once again. “This festival will bring the Turkish Cypriot community together to mark our unique culture.”

President Tatar is visiting the UK

President Tatar is visiting London to meet British politicians to discuss the need to reaffirm the sovereign equality and equal international status of the Turkish Cypriot People so that new and formal negotiations for the settlement of the Cyprus issue can start.

He will explain how federalism based negotiations have been exhausted, and have been rejected at least 15 times by the Greek Cypriot Side for more than half-a-century.

The President will be calling on post-Brexit Britain to play a lead role in resolving this conflict.

TRNC President Ersin Tatar: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus devastated following catastrophic earthquake in Türkiye

President Ersin Tatar has stated that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  (TRNC) has been devastated due to the deaths of thousands of people  following a catastrophic earthquake – as the bodies of TRNC citizens  including young sportsmen – have began to be repatriated back to the  country. 

The President said the country has been left in deep sorrow as the bodies of  children of the school volleyball team and two teachers were repatriated to  the TRNC on Friday morning, after they were found under the rubble of the  collapsed building of the Isias Hotel in Adıyaman. 

The TRNC, which sees the Republic of Türkiye as its motherland with deep  historic ties, which also provides political and economic support to the  country, is currently holding a seven-day mourning in solidarity and support  to Türkiye – following the earthquake which has affected the south-eastern  region of the country. 

President Tatar stated: “The TRNC is feeling the deep pain and shock at the  deaths of thousands of people following the devastating earthquake in  Türkiye and are standing in full solidarity with our Motherland. The bodies of  10 TRNC citizens – including seven students, two teachers and one parent,  have been repatriated from Adıyaman, at around 3.30am, following intense  search and rescue efforts. 

“I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families,  loved ones and the whole of our country at this time of great mourning and  sadness.”

A state ceremony was held at Ercan airport on Friday morning. Emotional  moments were lived as the coffins – draped in the flags of Türkiye and TRNC  – were carried from the aircraft by families. 

President Ersin Tatar, Speaker of the Parliament Zorlu Töre, Prime Minister  Ünal Üstel, Turkish Ambassador to Lefkoşa Metin Feyzioğlu, Republican  Turkish Party leader Tufan Erhürman, ministers, MP’s, military personnel and  other officials were also present. 

The names of the students, teachers and parents who lost their lives in the  earthquake and were repatriated are as follows: İbrahim Yakula (a vice principal), Pamir Konuklu (teacher), Fahri Arkar, Doruk Akın, Alp Akın, Özgür  İçme, Lavin Kalaycı, Elvin Çavdır, Kağan Selim İş (students), Duygu Balsoy  Kalaycı (parent).” 

A group of 39 people – including from the boys and girls teams were in the  building when it came down, and search and rescue efforts are continuing to  find them. 

As part of the recovery effort the TRNC has sent a search and rescue team,  consisting of 17 riot police and 10 firefighters, to Türkiye to participate in the  work in the regions affected by the earthquakes in Kahramanmaraş. In  addition, 200 rescue workers from the TRNC, 30 members of their Civil  Defence Organisation and 8 search and rescue vehicles will go to Türkiye.