Assembly approves draft bill on youth and sports coordination committee

Following a 16 hour-long debate, the TRNC Assembly approved the draft law relating to the establishment of a youth and sports coordination committee with Turkey. The draft law was passed with the votes of representatives of the two coalition partners, the National Unity Party (UBP) and the Democratic Party (DP) and four independent deputies.

The “We Reject It Platform” held protests inside and outside the assembly building, creating a tense atmosphere. A crowd of young protesters continued to demonstrate outside the assembly building under strict police control.

Zeki Celer, representative of the Social Democracy Party (TDP) addressed the assembly speaking for a continuous eight hours and after his speech, he spoke to the young protesters outside the building.

President Mustafa Akinci had asked to postpone the vote on the bill, however his request was rejected.

Turkish Cypriot daily Vatan reports that President Akinci invited the leaders of the political parties to discuss the issue at his office today at 11.00 in the morning.

Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper reports that Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun, said that the draft law had been passed already by the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) and argued that the Turkish Cypriots will also adopt it. If problems exist, we will fix them, he argued.

Turfan Erhurman, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) said that the draft law leads the Turkish Cypriots to take a decision which will annihilate them and transfer to others, all their powers regarding youth and sports. This issue has no relation with Turkey’s support, he noted.

Dogus Derya, another representative of the CTP, said that “they see the assembly as an annotator” and described the development as a “form of assimilation”.

Mehmet Cakici, representative of the TDP, said that the issue of “who administrates this country” and who determines the direction of politics and religion should be discussed. Noting that the transfer of all strategic facilities of the country to private companies from Turkey is on the agenda, Cakici argued that this goes beyond even monopoly and wild capitalism.

Kibris Gazetesi, Vatan, Yeni Duzen

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