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New initiative announced to return 16,000 Greek Cypriots to Maraş

24 July 2017

North Cyprus News - Varosha

After the failure of the Crans-Montana Conference the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkey allegedly have begun planning new unilateral steps.

Included in these, it was learned, was that 4,000 former Maronite occupants of the villages of Karpasia, Ayia Marina (Gurpinar) and Asamatos (Özhan), which were still under Turkish military control, would be permitted to return.

According to the new plans allegedly made by the Turkish side, it was also learned that 16,000 Greek Cypriot former occupants of the fenced-off town of Maraş would have their properties returned in a unilateral step.

Earlier on, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Serdar Denktas announced that some surprise initiatives were planned that would be as significant as the opening up of the borders in 2003.

Referring to the failed Crans-Montana summit, its aftermath and the steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side, Denktas mentioned that none of the political parties accepted that the TRNC would turn into a province of Turkey, and that Turkey had not made such a claim, .

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