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Maronites set to return to their villages in the north

All Maronites are to be allowed to return to their villages in the north as announced by the office of the Turkish Cypriot leader on Wednesday morning. As announced by the Turkish Cypriot leader’s office the political decision aims to lay the ground for all Maronites to be able to return to their villages in the north.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at Mustafa Akinci’s office in the presence of the head of the ruling Turkish Cypriot coalition, Huseyin Ozgurgun and high ranking members of the military and Turkey’s Ambassador Derya Kanbay.

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According to the decision, preparations are to get underway with the various instituions involved, Akinci’s office, the coalition’s finance, foreign and internal affairs offices, the army and the Turkish Embassy coordinating under the office of the Turkish Cypriot leader.

A road map is to be prepared in order to secure that the decision is implemented as soon as possible.

Wednesday’s announcement follows reports earlier in the week that the authorities in the north would allow the return of 16,000 refugees to the fenced city of Varosha, in Famagusta and 4,000 to Ayia Marina, Asomatos and Karpasha.

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