A contract with a foreign lobbying company made four years ago by the previous government has been cancelled. The contract which, to date, has cost 10 million TL was far to high, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay has said.
In a statement to Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Bakis’, Ozersay, confirmed that the contract with the company had been ended without wishing to reveal the company’s identity. He explained that after examining the productivity data of the company, his ministry had came to the conclusion that the cost was very high and the agreement had been terminated. He added that “the ministry has been trying to purchase lobbying services with more than one company for some time”.
The report added that “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has bought services from different lobbying companies in the past, but it is said that they were not as expensive as the contract made four years ago. The lobbying companies were helping TRNC officials to have meetings with foreign diplomats and to publish their articles or responding to articles in foreign newspapers and other publications”.