Enclaved persons travel to government-controlled areas to vote in presidential elections

Greek Cypriot enclaved in the northern Turkish-occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus are arriving in the southern government-controlled part of the island to vote in Sunday’s run-off presidential elections.

The enclaved, most of them over 70 years old, living every day under Turkey’s occupation and its consequences, wish to have a say in the present and future of their country.

There are 283 registered enclaved voters, and buses are taking them to their polling stations in Nicosia and the free areas of Famagusta, while others are using their own means of transport to get to the polling stations.

The Humanitarian Affairs Office is open to provide any assistance necessary for the enclaved to exercise their right to vote.

The enclaved who spoke to the press at the polling stations said they faced many problems, such as the obstacles placed by the occupation regime in receiving food aid.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have yet to yield results that would reunite the country under a federal roof.

Source: Cyprus News Agency