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Do not tar TRNC with same brush

CALLS in the UK to boycott holidays to Cyprus after a British teenager was found guilty by a South Cyprus court of making a false rape allegation could cause a new blow to the TRNC economy, it is being feared.

Do not tar TRNC with same brush

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

Turkish Cypriot tourism chiefs were yesterday locked in a crisis meeting with Tourism Minister Ünal Üstel to discuss the fallout from the case, which has seen thousands of people in the UK share a #BoycottCyprus hashtag on social media at a time when many British tourists book their summer holidays.

There are concerns that the boycott campaign, which does not distinguish between the two sides of the island, could indirectly affect bookings for holidays to North Cyprus. Many TRNC-bound tourists also arrive via Larnaca airport in the South.

And one British Turkish Cypriot lobbyist called for the TRNC not to be tarnished with the same brush.

Monday’s decision by a Greek Cypriot judge that the 19-year-old British woman, who has not been named, lied about being gang-raped by 12 Israeli youths in the resort of Ayia Napa last July has sparked widespread media coverage and anger on social media in the UK throughout the week.

She is expected to be sentenced on Tuesday and could receive up to a year in prison, reports said, meaning the case will attract further media attention.

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