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FM rebuffs call to include GCs in Maraş 'inventory'

WORK to conduct an “inventory” of Maraş (Varosha) – the fenced Gazimağusa suburb abandoned since 1974 – will be carried out by the TRNC without inclusion of the South Cyp-rus authorities

FM rebuffs call to include GCs in Maraş 'inventory'

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

WORK to conduct an “inventory” of Maraş (Varosha) – the fenced Gazimağusa suburb abandoned since 1974 – will be carried out by the TRNC without inclusion of the South Cyp-rus authorities, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said, rebuffing a call from Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades for there a bicommunal technical committee to be formed for the purpose.

In a “tit for tat” response to the request Dr Özersay, who visited Maraş with military officials on Thursday prior to formation of an Inventory Commission to carry out initial research, said: “When we . . . asked to sit down and talk about our rights in the sea and the issue of natural resources, no response was even given, and the Greek Cypriot leadership referred the Turkish Cypriots . . . to a comprehensive solution.

“Now, with what right can reference be made to forming a technical committee for Maraş. There are no peace talks for a comprehensive solution or any confidence-building process concerning . . . Maraş. Therefore, the Greek Cypriot leader is not our interlocuter.

“The former residents of Maraş are among stakeholders and will not be excluded from this process.”

Commenting on speculation about claims to property in Maraş, much of which the Evkaf religious trust says it historically owns, Dr Özersay commented: “We would miss the big picture if we viewed the steps to be taken as being solely on property or its ownership. The issue here is about much more than ownership.”

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