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Some 5,000 students who have graduated from high schools in Austria have come to northern Cyprus for their traditional graduation holiday X-JAM at the end of a three-month battle with Greek Cyprus, daily Hürriyet reported today.  

Greek Cyprus allegedly began to impose an embargo in order to prevent the students from spending the holiday in Turkish Cyprus, after Turkish officials were challenged over their holding of X-JAM three months ago. Stories about Turkish Cyprus were reportedly broadcast by Greek Cyprus on Austria's top broadcasters, saying "Turkish Cyprus is an occupied zone," and "There are landmines on the coast and thousands of Turkish soldiers with heavy weapons are threatening civilians and foreigners."  

Nevertheless, the students have still come to Turkish Cyprus as a result of the efforts of Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış, the EU Commission and the Austrian government to counter the Greek Cypriot campaign, according to Hürriyet.  

"If I had not been in Turkish Cyprus last year, I would definetely have given up. However, we could clearly see that this propaganda was slander," Austrian official Dr. Alex Knechtsberger said.  

The first group of 2,500 students are in Turkish Cyprus now, and the rest of the group is set to arrive next week, according to reports.


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kerem atan

6/26/2012 6:23:29 PM

Peter Kypros,if some country doesnt protect the rights of its minority and attempts to assimilate and exterminate them, it has to put up with the outcomes of its actions whether u call us invaders or not. if turkey didnt intervene in cyprus ,we would be talking about the ethnically cleansed turks by eoka terrorists now.there would be no cypriot turks left on the island. greeks are excelled in coming up false assertions and they keep undermining the devolopment of trnc.

Hakan Haksever

6/26/2012 2:57:14 PM

The GC have used these types of lies and deceipt for many many years and have nearly always got away with it. They lied to get themselves into the EU providing false accounting, spent the EU money with no disregard for the fact that they will have to pay it back one day and now they beg for handouts from Europe. Good to see the world seeing their true colours. Bravo to the Austrian youth, welcome to the TRNC, come and enjoy and then spread the word. Turkish Cypriots never forgets a friend.

mevlut erdem

6/26/2012 1:47:32 PM

Red Tail if it involves so many students(5000)then yes,a small group of lets say the stdents of one school shouldnt be that big of a issue.

Turk Uzan

6/26/2012 1:40:21 PM

@ Red tail I doubt that students organize a major event each year, since new students would have to do it each your which could be a disaster. It's funny, when I saw the title. I found it provoking. But now I actually read the article, and if this is true, it's very sad and a pathetic move from S-Cyprus. I would expect them to call it "occupied" it's their usual rhetoric, but making it sound like it's N-Korea is just low and shows how desperate they are.

kerem atan

6/26/2012 1:23:45 PM

greek cyprus imposes embargo on turkish cyprus on every occasion. greek cypriots resort to hostility and anti-turkish propagandas.they were even urging the famous pop stars to back out of the concerts in turkish cypriot with their slanders against turks. in my view rather than messing with turks,turkish cypriots, they can deal with their debts and ask for more bailouts from russia and china to save their debt-hit bankrupt country.nobody cares about their moans any more..

Red Tail

6/26/2012 11:37:13 AM

"Austrian official Dr. Alex Knechtsberger" made a comment. But are really Austian Officials involved in making plans and deciding the location of student parties?
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