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First direct flight touches down in TRNC [Northern Cyprus]

Azerbaijan taking steps to penetrate the embargo Imposed on the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), undertook its first direct flight to Ercan Airport.

As a result of Turkey's initiatives and within the framework of Azerbaijan's efforts to develop relations with us, a second delegation of Azerbaijani businessmen, artists and journalists arrived at Ercan Airport, directly from Haydar Aliyev Airport in Baku on a plane belonging to a private airlines company Imair.

In a joint press conference at Ercan Airport with the Chairman of Azerbaijan – Turkey Businessmen Union Ahmet Erentok, the Undersecretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Zeki Gazioglu stating that the direct flight of the delegation headed by Azerbaijan - Turkey Businessman Union from Azerbaijan was an important event, he said the delegation would explore the cooperation opportunities between the two countries in the fields of trade economy and tourism.

For his part, Erentok pointing out that they were experiencing a historical and emotional night, said after 31 years, apart from the Turkish planes, for the first time, a plane having a flag of a different country landed at the Ercan Airport. Erentok also expressed his pleasure that this plane was from Azerbaijan. Stating that their 3-day visit and they would sign around 8 cooperation protocols, and bilateral agreements would improve the relations between the two countries.

North Cyprus Tourism Ads ban on London Transport ruled unlawful

An earlier ban by the London Transport Authority on adverts posted on buses, tubes, trains and other sites advertising tourism in North Cyprus was ruled unlawful and irrational by Britain’s Supreme Court.

Speaking at a press conference following the outcome, Minister of Economy and Tourism Kemal Deniz said that the decision to lift the ban on posters advertising tourism in North Cyprus was partly the result of the changing attitude of the international community towards the Turkish Cypriot people.

Explaining that the ban was put into force after a complaint field by Brian Coleman-the chairman of the Greater London Assembly on grounds that the advertisements for Northern Cyprus caused wide-spread offence to some members of the public, Mr, Deniz said that the government had decided to take the London Transport Authority to court to reverse the decision as it was a violation of the basic right to freedom of expression.

Advisers to US Congressmen visit North Cyprus A delegation of 7 advisers to US Congressmen arrived at Ercan Airport last month as guest of the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry.

Welcoming the delegation, the Chamber President Salih Tunar said the American delegation was invited to North Cyprus to provide first hand information on the Cyprus issue, and - for them - to get a chance of better understanding the realities about Cyprus, and grasping "what the Cyprus problem is about".

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