Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey's 'unwanted' meddling

A Turkish Cypriot protestor holds a banner reading in Turkish "Peace, Afrika, cannot be silenced" during a protest after an attack against the offices of a left-wing newspaper "Africa" by supporters of Erdogan.(AP)
Updated 26 January 2018
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Turkish Cypriots protest Turkey's 'unwanted' meddling

NICOSIA: Several thousand Turkish Cypriots marched against what they say is Turkey's unwanted influence that has emboldened hard-right groups to try and silence opposing views. Protesters representing about 20 left-wing groups braved pouring rain Friday evening to voice their opposition to Turkey's agitation of 'fascist' and 'extremist' segments of their society.
The march comes four days after an attack against the offices of left-wing newspaper Afrika by supporters of Turkey's president over its criticism of Ankara's military offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
Afrika Editor-in-Chief Sener Levent accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of inciting supporters to vandalize the paper for saying the offensive was Ankara's attempt to occupy Syrian territory.
Protesters denounced a "fascist" attack on free speech that's alien to Turkish Cypriots' way of life.


Tripoli ceasefire remains steadfast despite recent clashes: UN Libya envoy

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Tripoli ceasefire remains steadfast despite recent clashes: UN Libya envoy

  • Fighting broke out this week between rival armed groups in the south of the capital

UNITED NATIONS: A cease-fire in Tripoli remains steadfast despite heavy recent clashes, UN Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé told the Security Council on Friday.

Fighting broke out this week between rival armed groups in the south of the capital, breaching a shaky ceasefire brokered by the UN in September.

In a comprehensive bbriefing, Salamé said the UN mission in libya was cooperating with the Libyan Reconciliation Government to transfer control of prisons to the authority of the state, but armed groups are assuming responsibility for law enforcement rather than official Libyan bodies.
He also said new divisions emerge in Libya every day that should be dealt with.
Salamé said the country can not succeed without a united national leadership, calling on Libyan parties to cooperate constructively to approve and pass the UN backed constitution. Libya has been split between rival parliaments, one in tripoli and one in Benghazi, since a civil war erupted during the downfall of former ruler Muammar Qaddafi.
The UN envoy said “we need additional effort to establish a stable and prosperous economic system in Libya,” adding that the Libyan currency has gained stability, inflation has decreased and progress has been achieved in resolving the liquidity crisis.
He said the UN mission stressed the importance of allowing aid to civilians in Libya without hindrance, noting that all Libyans suffer from violations, violence and difficult humanitarian conditions.
“Without international support, the saboteurs will succeed in undermining the political process in Libya,” he added.
Finally, Salamé said they expect the UN office in Benghazi, in the east, to be reopened before the end of January