There is no provision for carrying supplies [to the Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the TRNC] in the Agreement on the Exchange of Population signed in 1975 [Third Vienna Agreement], TRNC Deputy Foreign Minister Mustafa Lakatamyali has said.
In an interview with Turkish Cypriot daily ‘Yeni Duzen’, he said:
“This was an agreement that the UN would be able to visit and look after the Greek Cypriots and the Maronites whenever they wanted. There was no provision regarding supplies. It was a practice which came onto the agenda in that period under extraordinary conditions – conditions of war. One could understand this situation until 2003 and the opening of the borders”.
Lakatamyali also noted that the Greek Cypriots living in Karpaz who are working in agriculture and livestock breeding, benefit from all the aids granted by the government to TRNC citizens.
Referring to the aid conveyed to the Greek Cypriots and Maronites in the north with UN trucks, Lakatamyali said that these supplies are distributed in the village squares and added that liquified gas, fuel, pesticides and other supplies are given. “This, however, is forbidden, according to the legislation. The trucks come without any control”, he said.
Lakatamyali also said that the government possesses information according to which, the above-mentioned supplies are sold in the market in the north or are given to relatives of the Greek Cypriots. He said that aid to around 300 persons is provided through the UN and reiterated that, as of 1st October, tariffs will be imposed in case the supplies continue to be sent. He further added that the authorities will establish who really needs this aid.