By KEREM HASAN
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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