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Turkey-based helicopters to fight fires in the north

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A helicopter based in Turkey will be sent to help fight fires in the north, Turkey’s water and forestry minister said on Wednesday.
“The helicopter based in Mersin will be sent in the event of a fire during the summer months,” said Turkish Minister of Water and Forestry Veysel Eroglu, speaking after a meeting with northern Cyprus’ tourism and environment ‘minister’ Fikri Ataoglou.
“Turkey will offer every support to the TRNC as it is our duty to our brothers to act together.”
The Turkish minister wished success to the new `government` in the north, saying the “TRNC will be further improved both in education, and tourism and agriculture.”
On his tourism mandate Ataoglou said he planned to promote the north in eight or ten Turkish cities and that Turks made up some 8.5 per cent of tourist arrivals. He said the cities of Antalya, Trabzon, Istanbul, Ankara, Gaziantep and Smyrna generated the most tourists and urged Turkish citizens instead of going to Europe to go to northern Cyprus. The Turkish Cypriot authorities are also planning promotions and presentations in Britain and Germany.

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