A new Municipal Museum of Culture was inaugurated in Guzelyurt. The building, which was an inn in the Ottoman era, was restored jointly by the local municipality and the Department of Museums and Antiquities, with funding from Turkey.
Mayor of Guzelyurt Mahmut Ozcinar said that Guzelyurt is becoming a university town and needs new public spaces and facilities.
The municipality will continue to undertake new projects such as the museum, in order to preserve and protect historical sites and the natural beauty of the surrounding area, he said.
Former President Dervis Eroglu, who attended the opening, said that ongoing investments in the area showed that the people of Guzelyurt are here to stay.
“The more the people of Guzelyurt look out for their town, the more the negotiators will seek to argue in support of Guzelyurt at the negotiating table”, he said.
Prime Minister Huseyin Ozgurgun, who was also present, said that the Ottomans, as elsewhere across the island, had left numerous sites in Guzelyurt. He argued that these types of buildings and sites reflected the history and culture of the Turkish Cypriot people.
Meanwhile, Turkish Cypriot daily Diyalog reports that Turkey has invested 14 million TL in Guzelyurt, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not want to see returned to the Greek Cypriots.
The paper also reports that Turkey, which supports all the projects aiming to provide investments in the area, which is rich in history and culture, will continue its support after the economic protocol is signed.