The fictitious administration in the northern part of the island wants Turkish Cypriots to turn their backs on the European Union.
What kind of blindness is this?
What kind of insanity is this?

They cover every evil with the flag and hinder every good deed. They talk about beautifying the cage, rather than the sky.


The European Parliament occasionally invites, youth, artists, politicians, and educators from both the north and the south of the island to Brussels and Strasbourg.
Our people give presentations either in the parliament or the commission.
They find the opportunity to have trainings, make observations and do research.
They voice their views.
As a result, they engage with Europe; this is a vision, this is to learn how to act, communicate, and gain experience…

The “government” is preventing civil servants from accepting these invitations.
Teachers are being prevented.
Civil servants are being obstructed.


This is the third time I’ve heard this in just a few months.
Our teachers are being invited by the European Union and the ministry says “no”, “you can’t go.”
Here you are! This is the real “embargo!”

Could there be a shallower, more unprogressive and insensible understanding of education?
We are talking of an approach that is not human rights, equality, democracy and universal values oriented, that prevents the individual development of educators, and chooses to imprison teachers through an oppressive approach rather than allow them to open up to the world.

They know no foreign contact except for “national” or “religious” camps in Turkey.
They pulled out our students, our educators, and our people from the Imagine Project which received a Global Education award.
A blind mentality!


Turkish Cypriots are members of the European Union.
All TRNC citizens are dying to obtain European Union IDs and passports.
The Turkish Cypriot community has voiced its desire for a future within the European Union numerous times.

Be my guest, hold a referendum!
Ask this community if you dare whether they want European values or the AKPs Turkey
We are being unwillingly dragged towards a state of cults and congregations, and there is anger, reaction and outrage towards this.


It’s always the same lie…
We said yes in the referendum and look what happened. The European Union did not keep its promise…”

The fact that the Green Line Regulation was prepared after the referendum is deliberately ignored.
So are the millions of Euros in financial assistance, provided for transportation and the environment, for infrastructure and rural development, for civil society and education, forgotten.

623 million euros in assistance was provided from 2006 to 2021…
A 30.7 million euro action plan was approved in December 2021…
Again in 2022, 33.4 million euros were put aside for Turkish Cypriots for various projects aimed at supporting economic development, peace and confidence-building measures…
And to top it all, the European Union has not tampered with [party] congresses, nor did it appoint the Foreign Minister, form the government, or force one to step down.

That’s another issue…


The individual invitations made to our teachers by the European Union are extremely important and those who prevent this are the reactionaries.
Those who are desperately supporting the annexation policies in the northern part of Cyprus should never forget that this community sees Europe as its model…


Born in 1971 in the town of Limassol, Cyprus, Cenk Mutluyakalı migrated to Kyrenia together with his family after the war. He began journalism at KIBRIS newspaper in 1989. He took part in establishing the United Media Group. He was the Editor-in-Chief of YENİDÜZEN newspaper for 20 years between 2001-2021. He continues to write daily essays, news reports and interviews for Yenidüzen newspaper. He served as the President of the Turkish Cypriot Press Card Commission and Turkish Cypriot Journalists Association. He was awarded with various prizes throughout his career, the most recent being the “Peace Journalism Prize” by the bicommunal New Cyprus Association. Mutluyakalı is an author of published books of essays and interviews. He is also the author of a novel titled “Salıncak” (Swing) published by Kor Kitap and translated into Greek by Heterotopia Publications with the title «Η κούνια».

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