Cabinet approves Euros 1.3 million for repairing homes of enclaved, Commissioner says

The Council of Ministers approved the amount of Euros 1.3 million as financial assistance for the repair and renovation of the homes of the Greek Cypriots who are enclaved in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, with an aim to provide them with comfortable and dignified living conditions, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has said.

In a written statement, Photiou notes that we are consistently working to upgrade and support the enclaved on all levels, to our abilities, taking into consideration the difficult conditions they have to face due to the continuing occupation.

Photiou says that the aim of the government is to implement an action plan that will help the enclaved remain in their villages, as a national affair of high importance.

He points out that the restoration of the houses of the enclaved was an issue raised on many occasions by the enclaved themselves and their representatives, adding that all enclaved persons will be eligible, including young couples who returned and have children of school age or approaching school age.

Photiou says that all necessary measures will be taken in order to carry out the decision immediately.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

At the end of the second phase of the Turkish invasion late in August 1974, about 20,000 Greek and Maronite Cypriots inhabiting in villages and townships primarily in the Karpas Peninsula of northeast Cyprus and in villages west of the city of Kyrenia remained behind the ceasefire line. Today, only a total of 437 (April 2013) persons remain behind the green line, of whom 328 are Greek Cypriot and 109 Maronite Cypriots. These persons are known as the enclaved.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Cabinet approves Euros 1.3 million for repairing homes of enclaved, Commissioner says

The Council of Ministers approved the amount of Euros 1.3 million as financial assistance for the repair and renovation of the homes of the Greek Cypriots who are enclaved in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, with an aim to provide them with comfortable and dignified living conditions, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has said.

In a written statement, Photiou notes that we are consistently working to upgrade and support the enclaved on all levels, to our abilities, taking into consideration the difficult conditions they have to face due to the continuing occupation.

Photiou says that the aim of the government is to implement an action plan that will help the enclaved remain in their villages, as a national affair of high importance.

He points out that the restoration of the houses of the enclaved was an issue raised on many occasions by the enclaved themselves and their representatives, adding that all enclaved persons will be eligible, including young couples who returned and have children of school age or approaching school age.

Photiou says that all necessary measures will be taken in order to carry out the decision immediately.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

At the end of the second phase of the Turkish invasion late in August 1974, about 20,000 Greek and Maronite Cypriots inhabiting in villages and townships primarily in the Karpas Peninsula of northeast Cyprus and in villages west of the city of Kyrenia remained behind the ceasefire line. Today, only a total of 437 (April 2013) persons remain behind the green line, of whom 328 are Greek Cypriot and 109 Maronite Cypriots. These persons are known as the enclaved.

Source: Cyprus News Agency