The coalition government has undertaken an initiative to “improve the procedure of imposing tariffs on the supplies” sent by South Cyprus to the Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the TRNC, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay has said.
He only said that his government is trying to “make the implemented practice more reasonable and modern”, adding that the practice which was put into effect by the former government was not right. Since last October only medical supplies, which are not subject to the tariff, have been conveyed by the UN across the border. He also noted that they should “distance themselves from hindering some of the aid sent to the Greek Cypriots and Maronites and especially the old people”. Ozersay added that they are determined to implement a practice “without ignoring the power of the state” and argued that it is not “right or legal” to sell this aid in the market, which was one of the reasons why tariffs were put in place.
He said that measures should be taken to stop this practice. The foreign minister added that it was wrong to describe the Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the TRNC as “enclaved”.
Noting that the social services department had conducted research into the persons who receive aid from South Cyprus, Ozersay said that no one will be treated in a special manner and added this aid needed to be really humanitarian in practice. “The practice of implementing tariffs has caused a problem”, he admitted explaining that the number of people receiving had had been significantly reduced because of the imposition of tariffs.
Ozersay said also that yesterday they visited occupied Agia Marina and Asomatos (Özhan) villages, in which Maronites used to live before the 1974 Turkish military intervention in Cyprus, and examined the basis on which they will act for the Maronites. He noted that military officials were consulted, examining issues in situ with them and saw that the military had shown a positive stance.