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President of the Turkish Cypriot Association of Municipalities and Gönyeli Mayor Ahmet Benli met with Secretary-General of Council of Europe Local and Regional Authorities Congress Jean Philippe Bozouls and President of the Chamber of Local Authorities Anders Knape.

The meeting was held at the office of Ahmet Benli at Gönyeli Municipality building. In his statement to the press before their meeting, Benli said that works are being carried out at the Council of Europe Local and Regional Authorities Congress which has 47 member countries in order to develop local democracy and to ensure that local administrations provide better services.

“In this regard the Council of Europe Local and Regional Authorities Congress is a school for us” said Benli and thanked Bozouls and Knape for their contributions.

President of the Chamber of Local Authorities Anders Knape for his part stated that local administrations will have a chance to discuss common problems at this meeting. Stating that their aim is to ensure the development of democracy from local areas, Knape said that if the local democracies perform well, this will reflect to the general public.

Pointing out that local administrations can supply the needs of the citizens and provide the best service because they are the closest unit to the citizens, Knape said that the relations of the local administrations with central administrations and the way of sharing financial and human resources will be discussed at the meeting.

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