The Turkish Cypriot Livestock Producers and Breeders Union is continuing to stage its protest actions in Lefkosa.
Despite a five-hour long meeting between union officials and Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, Finance Minister Serdar Denktaş and the Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources Erkut Sahali on Thursday, no agreement was reached.
Union leader Mustafa Naimoğulları and a small delegation was received by President Mustafa Akıncı yesterday. Presidential undersecretary Gürdal Hüdaoğlu and the Private Secretary to the President Cenk Gürçağ was present at the meeting which lasted for an hour.
Mustafa Naimoğulları informed the president about the problems being experienced by the livestock breeders.
President Mustafa Akıncı informed them that he would be meeting with the Prime Minister regarding these issues and see what can be done.
After the meeting brought no agreement, the union delegation return to their protest action in the capital. Angry and frustrated by the lack of any outcome from their meeting with government officials, the activists tried to approach the Turkish Embassy which is situated across from the Assembly building. They were met with resistance from police and five people were overcome by the effects of tear gas deployed by the police.
Meanwhile, tractors which have been parked outside the Ministry of Agriculture building since the start of the week, remain locked up over the weekend.
BRTK, Kibris Postasi