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Infrastructure preparation for Maronites’ return underway

Reportedly the political decision taken by the Turkish Cypriots to pave the way for the return of Maronites to their villages is being realised as infrastructure work on the resettlement process has begun.

Gurdal Hudaoglu, the undersecretary to the Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, in charge of overseeing the process, said work will include the introduction of a number of measures that will ensure the swift and smooth return of the Maronites to their villages.

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Commenting on the latest developments on state radio, Foreign Affairs Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that “the government will report the Turkish intentions to the United Nations”.

He said that the government perceives the move to allow the 4,000 Maronite population to return to their villages in the north, and at a second stage allow Greek Cypriots to return to fenced-off Varosha is an effort to expand the occupation regime.

“We are preparing a legal document which will prove this,” added Kasoulides.

He added that the government will not prevent anyone who wishes to return to their village but stressed that this is an effort by the Turkish side to create a fait accompli.

If Turkey was really interested in taking a confidence building measures it would allow Greek Cypriots to return under a GC administration.


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