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Minister’s wife refused entry to Turkey

TURKISH border authorities refused entry to the wife of Education Minister Kyriacos Kenevezos to participate in an EU-organised conference on persons with special needs, it transpired yesterday.

The Cyprus Mail was able to confirm reports in a Turkish Cypriot online news portal yesterday that Chrysemily Psiloyenis-Kenevezou, the wife of Kenevezos, was rejected entry after arriving at Adnan Menderes airport in Izmir on Monday.

Kenevezou who works with a Cyprus-based NGO dealing with persons with special needs was invited to the EU conference organised by the Netherlands on special needs to be held in Turkey.

On arrival at Izmir airport on Monday, the Turkish border authorities, on seeing her diplomatic passport- as wife of a minister- refused to allow her entry to attend the conference.

Kenevezou spent hours at the airport waiting for the authorities to make the final decision. When she got the final ‘you’re not coming in’, the NGO representative had to wait for a flight back to Cyprus via Vienna, staying in total at the airport from 3pm till midnight.

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