Delivery of humanitarian aid to the enclaved to begin next week, Photiou tells CNA

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA that the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the enclaved living in Cyprus northern Turkish occupied areas will begin next week.

Responding to a question, following a recent decision by the “council of ministers” in the occupied areas to revoke an earlier decision which imposed “duties” on humanitarian aid delivered from the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic to Greek Cypriots and Maronites in the northern occupied part of the island, Photiou said that “we have been informed by UNFICYP (the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus) that the occupation regime will allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to the enclaved in Karpasia and the Maronite villages.”

He added that “the state services are ready for this” and that the dispatch of the aid to the enclaved will begin as of next week.

The Turkish Cypriot puppet regime had taken the decision to impose “duties on the humanitarian aid sent to the enclaved in the Autumn last year. The Cyprus government made clear that it would not, in any case, pay the “duties”.

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.

Despite the Third Vienna Agreement, Turkey and its Turkish Cypriot subordinate regime in occupied Cyprus have violated all its terms. Since 1974, the enclaved have endured conditions of hardship and oppression because of their ethnicity, language and religion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency