A campaign to collect signatures for a petition for direct flights between the UK and North Cyprus was launched at the Cyprus Turkish Culture Festival which was held in Enfield North London on Sunday.
The petition will be presented with the aim of asking a question in the UK parliament on the issue of starting direct chartered flights from Britain to North Cyprus.
According to reports from Cyprus, many Turkish Cypriots have participated in the campaign for the introduction of direct flights The target at the festival was to collect 20 thousand signatures.
Speaking at the festival on Sunday, Chingford MP Iain Duncan Smith, asked for support for this motion and described the obstacles put in place to prevent direct flights to and from Ercan Airport as “meaningless” and serving no purpose.
The Conservative MP, in his speech, urged the UK to support the signing campaign for the launch of direct charter flights to Northern Cyprus, saying:
“We have been in contact with the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding direct flights and have stressed that direct charter flights are essential to Northern Cyprus. We are aware that both British and Turkish Cypriot citizens are very much affected in this regard, and many of them are having serious difficulties just to go and see their families in Northern Cyprus. For this reason I will try to do the best I can, and especially the international community will try to reflect the seriousness and importance of this matter. In this context, you should support the signing campaign and reach the target, and this issue will be moved to parliament. But this can only be achieved through your unity and solidarity”.