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Family to use military zone for Rauf Denktash university

Rauf Denktash
The new university will bear the Rauf Denktash name

A 200 donum plot of land in the north near Ayios Dometios has been delisted as a military area and will be used to build a university to use former community leader Rauf Denktash’s name, daily Yeniduzen reported on Friday.

According to the report, the land has been granted by the local authorities to Mediterranean Master Education Services Ltd, a company owned by the children of Serdar Denktash and grandchildren of Rauf Denktash to build a university under the name of their late grandfather.

Grandson Rauf Denktash confirmed to Yeniduzen that the information was correct and they started work to set up the new university. He also said the plot in question had been labelled a civilian area with a decision of the Turkish Cypriot “council of ministers” where his father is a member. He said “we applied to build the university in a few different locations, but the military found this one most suitable. They gave their consent and the council of ministers cancelled its military status.”

Military areas are under the authority of the Turkish armed forces and they get their permissions from the Chief of Staff in Turkey.

The Rauf Denktash University will start registering students and begin courses in a renovated building inside the northern part of the walled city in September this year. The groun-breaking ceremony for the new campus will take place sometime this year, the young Rauf said.

On the other hand, the “ministry of interior” said that a sports facility will be built on the 200 donum plot, but not a university. In a statement to the paper, the authorities said the facilities will be built outside the military area. A statement to the paper by the military said that the military unit in the area will not retreat or move to another area.

Yeniduzen’s report reminded its readers that in case the military have accepted to retreat 80 meters from its location, the Nicosia Turkish Municipality would be able to realise its plan to establish a city park in the area.

Later in the day, Rauf Denktash posted a statement on Facebook saying that the area where they planned to build the university and the area where the “Nicosia City Park” was planned to be established were in different locations.

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