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No new decision or step on the fenced off city Maraş: Deputy PM Özersay

No new decision or step on the fenced off city Maraş: Deputy PM Özersay

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said that there was no new decision or step taken on the issue of Maraş.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay said that there was no new decision or step taken on the issue of Maraş.

Speaking on a TV programme, Özersay said that a decision on how the fenced-off city would be opened was not taken up at Saturday’s roundtable meeting.

“The means to shape Turkey’s policy on Cyprus is our greatest strength,” he added.

Özersay said that the roundtable meeting should not be perceived as a step or move made by the government.

Explaining that efforts to prepare an inventory of movable and immovable properties in Maraş were continuing, the TRNC foreign minister said that a large section of the study was completed.

He added that an inventory of the buildings in Maraş will be prepared by the Faculty of Engineering at the Eastern Mediterranean University.

Referring to those who argue that UN Security Council resolutions should be implemented, Özersay questioned whether those making these arguments had actually read the resolution.

“Everyone has had enough of such small talk. Everyone should know what they are talking about. I urge everyone to exercise rationale,” he said.

Özersay defended the government’s policy on Maraş, stating that they succeeded in getting the Turkish government to support the decision to re-open the fenced-off city without ignoring the rights of former residents.

“The means to shape Turkey’s policy on Cyprus through knowledge, creativity and new ideas is our greatest strength. The issue of Maraş is a concrete example of this,” he said.

Özersay agreed that it was not possible to conduct a rational discussion on the issue of Maraş in a period leading to elections.

Also touching upon the issue of guarantees, Foreign Minister Özersay said that the issue of guarantees was perhaps where consensus among Turkish Cypriots exist the most.

“The Turkish Cypriot people support the idea of the continuation of the system of guarantees. I also support this idea,” said Özersay, adding that this issue needed to be discussed creatively in order to determine how it can be structured.

source: BRTK


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