The council of ministers has granted exceptional citizenship to ten people following two previous meetings, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kudret Ozersay has said.
The council, led by Prime Minister Tufan Erhurman granted citizenship to “…children, who have either been born in our country and lived here for a period of 20 years or longer, or came here when they were young and lived in the country for over 20 years. Their parents are citizens, but their children could not obtain citizenship. At the same time, citizenship was granted to two people who had made significant and concrete investments [in the TRNC]”, Ozersay said.
Referring to the return of the Maronites to their villages in the north, Ozersay said that, as happened in the case of opening the borders at Derinya and Aplic, it was decided that the competent ministries, coordinated by the prime minister, will administrate the return of the Maronites gradually and within the existing financial constraints.
He said that President Akinci would be briefed and if necessary consultations with him would be also made.