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PM: Maraş Ottoman land pillaged by the British government

A WAR of words has erupted over South Cyprus claims that the British government paid £1.5 million to ensure that there would be no future Turkish or Turkish Cypriot claims on the abandoned Gazimağusa suburb of Maraş (Varosha).

PM: Maraş Ottoman land pillaged by the British government

By KEREM HASAN

Chief Reporter

The claims brought a declaration from Prime Minister Ersin Tatar that “Maraş is Ottoman land . . . pillaged due to mistakes during British rule” and it was “time to open it under Turkish administration”.

Speaking during a visit to İstanbul, he said “it [was] enough that [Maraş] has been closed for 45 years”, and that it was a “shame on humanity” for it to remain like that.

This was why the government was now working on an inventory to re-open the fenced area, also “saving” the authorities from “compensation issues”.

İbrahim Benter, head of the Evkaf religious foundation (Vakıflar), stressed to a Turkish newspaper this week that “most of Maraş . . . belongs to . . . three foundations” – but that the area's Greek Cypriot former residents would be “eligible to rent and use” property there once it was re-opened.

He also revealed that Land Registry records for Maraş had been “accidentally discovered” in 1990 on Greek Cypriots arrested while attempting to smuggle them out.

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