Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (15.07.16) reports that the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP) and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said that they observe a gradually increase of the activities for creating an Islamic community in the occupied area of Cyprus.
In a meeting with the representatives of the Turkish Cypriot Teachers’ Trade Union (KTOS) and the Turkish Cypriot Secondary School Teachers’ Union (KTOEOS), Talat said that they, as CTP, objected many years ago to the prohibition of headwear in the “universities” in the occupied area of Cyprus, adding that however, it can not be accepted to be religious pressure nowadays at the formal trainning. Talat noted that this situation is also contrary to the “national education law” and it is clear that the education will be on the secular line, adding that in this context the opening of the theology college in the occupied area of the Republic of Cyprus is also an anomaly.
The general secretary of KTOS Sener Elcil, for his part, reminding Turkey’s government officials’ statements during their visits in the occupied area of Cyprus who said “everything we have, you will also have”, said that these statements are being implemented fast and the education is becoming Islamic. Elcil further said that they want the support of CTP, which is a secular party, to stop these incidents and asked Talat to take this issue before the “assembly”.