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Constitutional Court decides on validity of sports coordination office

6 August 2016

The TRNC Constitutional Court announced yesterday that part of a protocol signed between Turkey and the TRNC contravenes the TRNC constitution.

Although the protocol between Turkey and the TRNC to establish a Youth and Sports Coordination office was approved by the assembly, President Akinci took the case to court on the grounds that the agreement or parts of it, were unconstitutional.

The court decided that article 3 (1) (G) of the agreement contravenes the constitution, while all the other articles do not.

Article 3 (1) (G) provides that the office will ensure the construction, operation, repair and maintenance of the campuses which operate or will operate in the TRNC by the credit and campuses general directorate and the modernisation of all existing campuses and that it will implement the protocol which was signed on 10 February 2012 with the TRNC competent ministry and was put to effect upon approval by the cabinets of both countries. It also provides for the preparation of additional protocols, if necessary.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper reports that the director of the Sports Office, Huseyin Cahitoglu told the paper that he could not understand why some young people were opposed to the establishment of the sports coordination office by Turkey. He noted that Turkey has modern sports installations that are world class and added: “Through this office, the government will ensure the construction of the installations it wants in the TRNC. I cannot understand why some young people oppose this”.

Cahitoglu said that 27 out of 32 sports federations in the TRNC support the establishment of this office, the remainder do not oppose it, but wish to know the regulations under which it will operate.

BRT, Kibris Postasi

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