Union of Turkish World Municipalities’ (TDBB) members Karatay Municipality (Konya) and Tatlısu Municipality (TRNC) became “Sister City” with the protocol signed in Tatlısu on 7 March 2022.
With the protocol signed at the ceremony attended by TRNC President Ersin Tatar and TRNC Prime Minister Dr.Faiz Sucuoğlu, in addition to sharing knowledge and experience, the two municipalities will implement projects covering physical municipality, social, cultural and many other issues.
President of the TRNC Ersin Tatar emphasized the importance of the sister city protocol signed between Karatay Municipality and Tatlısu Municipality and said, “After the conquest of Cyprus by the Ottoman State in 1571 and 1974, many of our people from various parts of Anatolia settled in Cyprus. Therefore, there is a deep bond of kinship and brotherhood between us. This protocol signed between Karatay Municipality and Tatlısu Municipality will further strengthen these ties between both countries. I congratulate the Mayor of Karatay, Hasan Kılca, and the Mayor of Tatlısu, Hayri Orçan, for this cooperation.”
Mayor of Karatay Hasan Kılca said, “First of all, I would like to thank all the Cypriot people, especially our President and Prime Minister, for hosting. We, as Turkey, are close relatives with Cyprus. As Konya and Karatay, we said what we can do for Cyprus and we are signing the protocol we prepared within this framework today. Karatay and Tatlısu Municipalities, from mutual knowledge and experience sharing to physical municipality, will cooperate in many fields from cultural and social studies. We, as Konya and Karatay, came here to consolidate our brotherhood. We will provide all necessary support for Tatlısu to become much better and move forward.”
Mayor of Tatlısu Hayri Orçan said, “We are together for a very meaningful and important day. We are signing a sisterhood protocol with Karatay, the beautiful town of Turkey’s distinguished city, Selçuklu capital, Konya. I would like to thank our Mayor of Karatay, Hasan Kılca, for their great contributions in the preparation of the protocol and its achievement, and Mayor of Konya Metropolitan Municipality Uğur İbrahim Altay and Konya Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Ercan Uslu, who provided this link between us. I believe that the protocol will contribute to the increase of brotherhood between the two cities, to be instrumental in sharing information and to the progress of our cities. I wish this protocol, which is very valuable for us, to bring good luck.”