Tag: Maraş

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Turkish Cypriots looking to re-open ghost town after 46 years

The re-opening of Maraş / Varosha, a popular seaside town on the eastern coast of Cyprus that was abandoned after the 1974 War, moved a step closer at the weekend after senior officials from Turkey and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) went on an inspection visit. Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay, Justice Minister […]

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Minister’s ‘ghost town’ announcement spooks Greek Cypriots

Controversial new moves that could lead to the reopening of the ‘ghost town’ of Maraş in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have been announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay, spooking Greek Cypriot officials. A group of experts are to be sent in to conduct a “scientific inventory” […]

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‘Evkaf is the real owner of Maraş / Varosha’

According to Taner Derviş, most of Maraş – the ghost town claimed by Greek Cypriots as inalienably “theirs” – still legally belongs to Evkaf, a Muslim charity dating back to the Ottoman conquest of 1571. The former director of Evkaf says these rights have been re-confirmed in every Cyprus Constitution since then.  Under Turkish Cypriot […]