Proposals to re-open the fenced-off town of Varosha/Maraş have broken the mould, Prime Minister Ersin Tatar has said.
Tatar was speaking at a meeting with Turkish Minister of Justice Ahdulhamit Gul, who was visiting the TRNC and Varosha.
He noted that Varosha was part of the town of Famagusta and therefore under TRNC control and protected by the security forces. Tatar went on to say “There are a number of UN Resolutions taken in the past, but on the basis of the international law and no prospect of an agreement after 45 years, there is no good in Varosha remaining closed”.
Noting that Varosha has property owners and the one with the most demand is the Evkaf, Tatar said:
“All the documents, all the archives have been combed thoroughly. The archives both here and in Turkey from 1571 were scrutinised thoroughly. They have been submitted to us. All these have been documented. After this time, we believe we should open up this place under our administration. The former property owners, including Evkaf, should apply to the Immovable Property Commission to seek their rights on the basis of international law, to return their properties and this for place to generate income”.
Tatar said that the opening of the town would be done in stages. This would increase the region’s contribution to tourism and the economy.
The Greek Cypriot side has made material agreements with all companies and countries without asking the Turkish Cypriots and without any recognition of their rights, he said. The prime minister said they would not sit by passively, but they would take the necessary steps in consultation with Turkey.