A petition for allowing direct flights to and from North Cyprus will be launched on Sunday, chairman of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Turgay Deniz, has said. Their first target is to collect 10,000 signatures with the aim of reaching 100,000 signatures eventually.
The Chamber will participate in the 2nd Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival, which will be held in Enfield, North London on 17 June, where the campaign will be launched. Deniz described the issue of direct flights as the biggest problem for the Turkish Cypriots living both in London and Cyprus. “Our first target during the campaign, which we will begin during the 2nd Turkish Cypriot Cultural Festival, is to collect 10,000 signatures. Our target is to increase the signatures to 100,000 later”, he noted.
Additionally, Deniz said that North Cyprus should revive its relations with the Turkish Cypriots living abroad and take steps to exempt them from military service as well as giving them the right to vote and be elected. He said that the TRNC economy will benefit, if these Turkish Cypriots spend their holidays in North Cyprus, purchase houses and make investments.
During his stay in the UK capital, the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce will sign a protocol of cooperation with London’s Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.