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Boris vows to help TRNC

THE isolation of the Turkish Cypriots is “unfair and unjust” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hassaid.

Boris vows to help TRNC


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Mr Johnson also promised to address the issue of direct flights to North Cyprus as he visited the home of a Turkish Cypriot family in London to canvass for votes ahead of the Conservative Party’sgeneral election victory on Thursday.

He reportedly made the pledges while on the campaign trail in Chingford and Woodford Green, a constituency that was retained by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, who has expressed his support for Turkish Cypriots in recent years.

Mr Duncan Smith had been in danger of losing his north-east London seat to Labour’s FaizaShaheen – whose husband is Turkish Cypriot actor Akın Gazi– but managed to cling on with the help of British Turkish Cypriot activists.

Mr Johnson made the comments while paying a “surprise” visit to the home of İlkay ‘Kay’ İsa and husband Halil Halebi – both of whom are Conservative councillors in Chingford– while they were hosting a “training session” on Sunday for party members.

The couple’s daughter, pop star Eylem, poured Mr Johnson a cup of Turkish coffee as photographers snapped away.

Mr Johnson – whose great-grandfather was an Ottoman minister – said he took his coffee “sade” (no sugar) and could then be heard saying in Turkish “çokgüzel” (very nice) after taking a sip.

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