A call was made by the (South Cyprus) Famagusta Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday to create a fund to support refugees and compensate them for their loss of property in the north.
Last week, the South Cyprus parliament debated the idea of creating a fund to compensate depositors and investors who lost money in the 2013 banking crisis, the chamber said.
Among those affected by the haircut are also many refugees, it said, who have been ‘victimised for the second time’.
“At the same time, we would like to point out and express our discontent over the omission of the government since to adopt measures for restoring the injustice done to the refugees, who have been deprived for 43 years of their homes and income from their property,” it said.
The state should finally should take responsibility and adopt measures for share the burden of the Turkish invasion and occupation.
The fund should compensate refugees for the loss of the use of their properties in the north. It could also assist financially owners of property in the north who are in need, so that they are not forced to sell to the Immovable Property Commission (IPC) in the north, below market value.
The same topic was brought up elsewhere this week by Markella Isaia Tsiakka, the head of the refugee group Mitrogonia. Earlier in the week she told Politis radio that when they met with President Nicos Anastasiades, he told them it might be possible to set up a refugee fund.