On 20th July 1974, all men of fighting age were taken away as prisoners of war to prison camps and immediately after the launch of the second peace operation of the Turkish Army on 14th August 1974, EOKA-B, a Greek Cypriot terrorist organisation, killed almost the entire population of three villages, mostly women and children aged between 16 days old to 95 years old.
President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Ersin Tatar attended the ceremony and said that the families of the 14 Martyrs have been in deep sorrow for 46 years. President Tatar also underlined that this event shows that the two people of the island cannot live together and if there will be a sustainable solution in Cyprus it should be under the effective and efficient guarantee of Turkey.
Akar: “Greek Cypriots should abandon their spoiled and stubborn attitude and accept the Turkish presence"
Turkish Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar emphasised the importance of a solution in Cyprus and said that the Greek Cypriots should abandon their spoiled and stubborn attitude and accept the Turkish presence to reach a solution as soon as possible in Cyprus.
Stressing that the Greek Cypriots disregard the existence of the Turkish Cypriots on the Island, Akar said that it is not possible to proceed under these conditions, and all sides should see the reality in Cyprus.Akar made a statement during his visit to Libya. Stating that Cyprus is a national case for Turkey, Akar said “Our approach is very clear. We have the same attitude as in 1974”.
Underlining that any project is not valid in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean in which Turkey and the TRNC do not take place, Akar said “We as a guarantor country will use all of our responsibilities and rights. No one should have any doubts. We are determined to protect our rights and interests in Cyprus”.
Oktay: "The painful memories have come before us once again"
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay stated that the farewell to our children who were martyred by EOKA once again brought back the painful memories.
Oktay shared on his Twitter account regarding the identification through DNA tests of 14 children who were martyred in the massacres in Muratağa-Sandallar by the Greek Cypriot terrorist organization EOKA-B in 1974 and commemorated 46 years later.Turkish Vice President Oktay said: "The farewell to our children, who were martyred in the EOKA atrocities in the TRNC, to their eternal resting place brought the painful memories back to us once again. The mentality that ignores, tries to destroy and condones the Turkish presence on the island is still alive today. Turkey will stand by Turkish Cypriots as of yesterday, today, and tomorrow with all the facilities, and will continue to protect their life, property, rights and interests with determination. The whole world should see this reality and contribute to the process towards a just solution.
Kaymaklı Martyrs and Martyr Hüseyin Ruso commemorated
Resistance fighters, and one of the symbol figures of the Turkish Cypriot struggle Martyr Hüseyin Ruso, who were killed during the Greek Cypriot attacks in Küçük Kaymaklı were commemorated with separate ceremonies. Girne Branch Representative of the Association of Martyrs’ Families and War Veterans Ersoy Taluğ made a speech at the commemoration ceremony and stated that the attacks to eliminate the Turkish Cypriot presence from the island, massacres and the resistance days of the Turkish Cypriots should not be forgotten. Taluğ also pointed out that 67 people from Küçük Kaymaklı were martyred between the years 1957 and 1974. However with the Turkish Peace Operation in July 1974 Küçük Kaymaklı survived from the atrocities of the Greek Cypriots.
The second ceremony was held at the location where martyr Hüseyin Ruso died on 25th December 1963 during the Turkish Cypriot resistance against Greek Cypriot attacks in Küçük Kaymaklı. The remains of Martyr Hüseyin Ruso were found after 54 years and laid to rest a few years ago. Martyr Hüseyin Ruso, a symbol for the Turkish Cypriot existence struggle and the Küçük Kaymaklı region, was a teacher and was 28 years old when he was killed.
New Covid-19 measures have been announced in TRNC before the New Year
New measures have been announced against the Covid-19 pandemic, which continues to affect the TRNC together with the whole world.
In accordance with the decisions taken at the meeting of the Infectious Diseases Supreme Committee held on Friday (25/12/2020); activities in places such as cafe, restaurant, patisserie, betting office, hairdresser, beauty centre, massage parlour, gym, pitta shop, simit shop, barber shop will cease as of today (28/12/2020) after 21:00 pm. Only take-away services will be allowed from 21:00 pm.
While the decision to close taverns, bars, clubs and similar entertainment venues was extended until 4 January, 2021, the ban on New Year's celebrations were repeated; and regulations regarding public transportation were made.
The decision to stop the arrival of those who intend to come to the TRNC by air and sea without quarantine for three days or less has been extended indefinitely.
It was deemed appropriate to allow UN, EU, British Bases, Buffer Zone and UNFICYP employees to cross the border gates provided they submit negative PCR tests conducted in the last week.