New Turkish Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz was due to arrive in the north on Sunday evening to inspect the work at the new terminal at Tymbou (Ercan) airport, which reports said had forgotten to include space for police and customs in its construction plans.

According to CNA, citing Turkish Cypriot media, the ‘transport minister’ Erhan Arikli, admitted that a mistake had been made and they forgot to plan spaces for police and customs offices.

He said that for now a temporary arrangement would be made and a permanent solution would be found later.

The new terminal is slated to open on July 20, the anniversary of the Turkish invasion. Arikli said this was announced by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and was not open for debate.
Yilmaz was expected to visit the site on Sunday evening and make some statements.

On Monday he will visit the mausoleums of former Turkish Cypriot leaders Fazil Kuciuk and Rauf Denktash, something Erdogan did not do during his visit on July 12 and for which he was criticised in the north.
Yilmaz will then meet Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar, after which a news conference will follow.