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'Close part of Maraş will be opened by the end of 2020

THE closed part of Maraş will be opened by the end of 2020, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has said.

'Close part of Maraş will be opened by the end of 2020

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The PM, speaking to Turkey’s Fox TV on Wednesday, said that Maraş, also known as Varosha, has been “closed for 45 years” and that there is now a “need to open it” because of a “human rights aspect”.

“Our government continues to be determined with regards to Maraş,” he said. “Our aim is to open Maraş by the end of 2020.”

Although the town, a suburb of Gazimağusa on the east coast of the island, is part of the TRNC’s territory,it is closed to civilian life and has been a military area ever since the 1974 Turkish Peace Operation.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said earlier this week that a work on a “scientific inventory” of Maraş, which he announced earlier this year, was nearly completed.

“The policy of the government continues in the same determined manner and work is continuing,” he said.

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