Cabinet Abolishes Humanitarian Aid Tax

The government has officially decided to do away with a customs duty on humanitarian aid sent by the Greek Cypriot Administration to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The decision was announced by Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay following a three-hour cabinet meeting which was held yesterday.

Özersay had announced earlier that a new more reasonable policy would be introduced.

The previous government had imposed a levy on food aid sent by the Greek Cypriot Administration to the few hundred Greek Cypriot and Maronites living in the north, arguing that the Greek Cypriots and Maronites had the freedom of movement so such aid was no longer needed.

Medical aid, however, was exempt from these taxes.

BRT

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