Ozgurgun asks Akinci to dismiss Atalay

Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun has sent a letter to President Mustafa Akinci asking for the leader of the Religious Affairs department Talip Atalay to be removed from his post.

Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Star Kibris’ recalls that Atalay had been arrested in July in Diyarbakir, Turkey, for allegedly having links with the Fethullatist terror organisation (FETO) but that he was then released.

The paper also recalls that in the past, Akinci had rejected similar demands submitted by the Turkish embassy in the TRNC, the coalition UBP-DP government and the Vakif foundation, his reasoning being that the “good dialogue initiative” between Atalay and Archbishop Chrysostomos had benefited the Cyprus negotiations process.

On the same issue, Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’, commenting on this development regarding Atalay, described this situation as very strange, since, as he claimed, in the letter sent to the president by Ozgurgun, the reason for requesting his dismissal was not mentioned.

Atalay also wished that Ozgurgun had first spoken to him and wondered why the letter sent to the president was shared with the public. Atalay described this as unethical.

Star Kibris, Yeni Duzen

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