Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu met with the Casino Operators’ Union on Thursday. The coordinator of the union, Ayhan Saricicek discussed with Eroglu their concerns regarding the Cyprus problem and potential effects on casinos in the TRNC should be solution, ‘Kibris Postasi’ reports.
Saricicek said that the law on the casinos in South Cyprus has been conveyed to the House of Representatives and added that they have translated this into the Turkish language. He noted that casinos in the South will start operating in 2015.
He pointed out that the issue which interests the casino operators in the TRNC is the establishment of a central gambling administration which the operators in North Cyprus will also be able to join. He expressed the view that in case of a solution, the casinos should be bound to the component states and not the central government.
Eroglu said that the economy chapter had been discussed in the negotiations but this issue was never put onto the table. He noted that the issue could be discussed only after an agreement is reached and during the legal preparations. Eroglu added that two separate founding states will exist in the agreement and each of these states will make its own laws.