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Legal basis to allow Maronites’ return must be established

1 August 2017

North Cyprus News - Ayia Marina - Maronite Church

Chairman of the Rebirth Party (YDP) Erhan Arikli, has said that welcomed the decision to permit the Maronites to return to their villages in North Cyprus.

In a written statement, he said that this was a positive move but it was necessary to establish a legal basis for their return.

The Council of Ministers should start working urgently for the preparation of the legal basis on this issue and should bring it into the agenda of the assembly the soonest possible”, Arikli said.

He added that although his party supports the decision to allow the Maronites to return to their villages, it will refer the issues to the constitutional court if no legal instrument is first put in place.