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Postby Mom » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:22 pm

My daughter will be doing a study abroad program this coming Spring and will be spending 5 months at the University of Nicosia. As a parent my many concern is safety. Can anyone tell me if there are any safety issues I should be discussing with her?
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Re: students studying abroad safety

Postby halil » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:27 pm

Mom wrote:My daughter will be doing a study abroad program this coming Spring and will be spending 5 months at the University of Nicosia. As a parent my many concern is safety. Can anyone tell me if there are any safety issues I should be discussing with her?


not to worry .... Cyprus is very safe place for living and study .....

good luck to her .
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Re: students studying abroad safety

Postby Oracle » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:35 pm

Mom wrote:My daughter will be doing a study abroad program this coming Spring and will be spending 5 months at the University of Nicosia. As a parent my many concern is safety. Can anyone tell me if there are any safety issues I should be discussing with her?


Hello Mom :?

Just tell her to avoid crossing over to the Turkish occupied section. Some Dutch tourists were abdicated by Turkish troops this summer and have not been heard from since.

The RoC controlled region is still one of the safest places to stay.
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Postby Hazza » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:52 pm

Do you always have to bring politics and scare mongoring into every topic?
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Postby Oracle » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:04 pm

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An average Mom asking for safety information deserves to hear the truth. Otherwise she would not be wasting her time asking on THIS forum :wink:

I am quite sure she is able to temper anything with her own common sense and judgement. What would be a disservice, is to allay her fears then something dreadful happen.

Ignorance may be bliss, but only a fool buries his head in the sand :?
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Postby Sotos » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:07 pm

What Oracle says is the truth. The EU and Cyprus laws can not be enforced in the occupied areas. The Turkish army does whatever they want there and they respect no law.
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Postby Tim Drayton » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:32 am

Sotos wrote:What Oracle says is the truth. The EU and Cyprus laws can not be enforced in the occupied areas. The Turkish army does whatever they want there and they respect no law.


The above points are true, but on the other hand the vast majority of visitors to the occupied areas experience no problems or difficulties whatsoever. The whole of Cyprus is very safe.
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Postby observer » Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:05 pm

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Just tell her to avoid crossing over to the Turkish occupied section. Some Dutch tourists were abdicated by Turkish troops this summer and have not been heard from since.


I assume a misprint for abducted. I've never heard of this incident before or since. Are you sure that you're not making it up as you go along?

Thousands of people cross the Green Line every day without problems. There are probably more 'incidents' in Ayia Napa than in the North.
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Postby halil » Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:17 pm

Observer , below incident recently happened in Southern Part of the Cyprus .... I can tell you still both part of the Cyprus is very safe

Police frustration at silence over triple shooting
By Alexia Saoulli

POLICE were yesterday no closer to getting to the bottom of an attempted triple murder in the heart of Nicosia on Tuesday night.

The victims, 30-year-old Alexis Mavromichalis, 31-year-old Panicos Glykas and 48-year-old Takis Philippou, were shot by an unknown assailant outside Digenis Morphou Club on Kyriakou Matsi Street in Ayioi Omoloyites.

Mavromichalis, also known as ‘Alexoui’, was shot in the right calf. His injury is considered serious, but he is out of danger.

Philippou, also known as ‘Falkoneti’, a former player for the now dissolved EPA Larnaca football team, was shot in the left arm. Glykas received injuries to his chest and left hand.

All three were rushed to Nicosia General Hospital where they were kept in for treatment. Their condition is stable and they are out of danger.

Kyriakos Matsis Street was closed off yesterday morning while CID and ballistics investigators swarmed the scene gathering evidence. No traces of the gunman were left at the scene, and police said they did not know if the assailant fled on foot, in a car or on a motorbike.

“There are no witnesses as to what happened, and the trio is saying they don’t know who was behind the hit or who would want to shoot them,” an investigating officer said.

Police believe the main target was Alexoui. The other two were injured because they simply happened to be with him. The three had been watching Tuesday night’s Champions League game between Anorthosis and Inter Milan, police said.

Investigators said the victims were shot from a distance as they made to leave the club.

“We found nothing at the scene. No gun and no witness testimony to lead us to the identity of the perpetrator. No one saw anything. The trio are also being uncommunicative and uncooperative. If they won’t help us, we can’t help them. We will continue with our investigation and will be talking to several people but in cases like this it’s very hard to find out who was behind the shooting if no one is talking,” an officer said.

A sources said the shooting had been sent as a warning to an underworld figure from out of town. The message was to stay out of Nicosia and its lucrative gambling, prostitution and drugs rackets.

“You’re not supposed to encroach on people’s turf. This is an unspoken rule. Alexoui was shot as a warning,” he said.

The 30-year-old victim has had dealings with the police in the past.

This is the second time someone has tried to kill him.

“Three or four years ago another attempt on his life failed,” a CID officer said.

No one was ever arrested at the time.

Tuesday night’s shooting is reminiscent of the blood feud between underworld Limassol and Larnaca gangs in the late 90s in which entire families were almost wiped out.



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Postby observer » Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:34 pm

Thank you Halil, but this is not what I was after. I could produce isolated reports of people being shot in the North, in the South, in London, in New York, or any other large enough area. But the average citizen of the North, the South, London ... etc. rarely sees a crime despite newspaper reports everywhere.

In my opinion Cyprus (N & S) is very peaceful and as close to crime-free as anywhere as you are likely to find.

My point was about Dutch tourists being abducted, as claimed by Oracle, and never heard of again. I have never heard of this (nor has Google) and I think that had this happened not only would it have been front page news in Cyprus, where even stolen cep phones make the paper, the world would still be making a big fuss if 'they have not been heard of since'.

There's enough crap available about the Cyprus problem without having to invent more.
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