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Cypriot News Headlines 26.5.11

cyprus newsCypriot newspaper headlines for May 26th, 2011...Alithia: "Democratic Party counting beans" headlines an article saying that party leaders are on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the struggle to appoint a House Speaker.

Simerini: "Koulia-Perdikis starring roles" headlines an article saying that MPs George Perdikis and Zacharias Koulias are key swing votes for the appointment of the next House Speaker.

Phileleftheros: "Key-maker Koulias" headlines an article saying that the chairmanship of the House lies in DIKO MP Zacharias Koulias' hands. A consensus on the position has not been reached after many meetings between political party leaders. AKEL supports Marios Garoyian, and DIKO is expected to announce its decision today.

Haravgi (communist party paper): "Failed games from DISY" headlines an article saying that DISY's consensus-building on the House President position is failing.

Turkish-Cypriot news headlines 26th May, 2011 (source PIO).

Afrika columnist Sener Levent (26.05.11) reports that Ibrahim Aziz, a Turkish Cypriot living in the Republic controlled area of Cyprus, tried yesterday to cross to the north. Aziz was informed at the Ledra Palace crossing point that if he was to cross, he would not be able to return to the free area, since he has no “TRNC identification card.

The columnist notes that Aziz’s case is similar to another Turkish Cypriot, Emin Hikmet who was also not allowed to pass, because they were holders of identity cards from the Republic of Cyprus.

He also writes that apparently the Republic’s identity card is only valid for Greek Cypriots and that Turkish Cypriots cannot cross with it. He points out that the only solution left for Aziz is to file a complaint against Turkey in the European Court of Human Rights, a case that he will certainly win.

The columnist also argues that Turkey does not win anything by denying passage to Aziz, but is going to pay compensation and have to deal with the issue. He also wonders who takes such decisions, Ankara’s General Staff or the commanders in the island, because he is certain that such a decision does not come from a “government,” which does not wish to cause ‘international headaches’ to Turkey.

Sener  blames the persons responsible for filling the north with people from Turkey. Based on Kucuk’s statements, who verified from London that they started a procedure to cancel the citizenship of the 544 Turkish Cypriot voters in the free area, Sener argues that while they give the citizenship to people from Turkey, they deny it to Turkish Cypriots.

Gunes and the majority of the Turkish Cypriot newspapers report on the condition of Rauf Denktas. Although the former Turkish Cypriot leader’s condition has slightly improved, it is still critical. Doctors have said that despite the slight improvement to the paralysis in his left side, 72 hours must pass before they can give clear answers.

Havadis reports that Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will go to London between June 6-12 in order to have several contacts there.

As it was announced, Eroglu will go to London upon an invitation it received from the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Trade in London.

KADEM’s public survey reveals an increase on the percentages of UBP, TDP and DP and a decrease on CTP’s, reports Volkan.

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