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The Turkish Cypriot government is speeding up efforts to turn Varosha, which has remained abandoned and uninhabited for 45 years, into a major tourist destination.

“Northern Cyprus will be transformed completely after the opening of Varosha,” Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar said.

“An inventory study of Varosha is still ongoing. A number of people have a property in the town. The inventory work will be completed in six months,” Tatar told Hürriyet Daily News during a visit to the Demirören Media Center.

He noted that the Immovable Property Commission, which includes judges from European countries, in Northern Cyprus will look at property claims in Varosha once the town is reopened.

“Applications are assessed based on compensation, exchange and reinstatement criteria,” he said. “This step must be taken after 45 years.

“People will either return to their properties or sell them. We hear that some people residing in London are already selling some of those properties. If a Greek wants to run a hotel in Varosha, they are welcomed to do so provided that they prove that they own the property” Tatar said.

He said that the jewel of Varosha is its beach.

“It is one of a kind, not in the eastern Mediterranean but in the world. A hotel belonged to the U.K.’s royal family occupies nearly a one-fourth of the entire beach. It is very valuable. Believe me, some people will want to buy it,” Tatar said.

He noted that the tourism industry is one of the major industries supporting northern Cyprus’s economy, the other one being education services.

“Tourism activity generates $1 billion in revenues while education provides another $1 billion. Our fast developing housing sector sells properties to Russians and people from Dubai. We also have a developing IT industry,” Tatar added.

Varosha, a former resort suburb of Famagusta, was abandoned and declared a buffer zone between the communities of the island after the Turkish military intervened as a guarantor power following a Greece-inspired coup attempt in 1974.

Before the split of Cyprus 45 years ago, Varosha was a popular destination for Hollywood stars and wealthy tourists.

In June, the Turkish Cypriot government announced that they had decided to reopen Varosha.

Before the closure under a United Nations Security Council ruling, there were more than 100 hotels in Varosha, with an accommodation capacity of 10,000. The closure came at a time when hundreds of new construction projects were underway. The town also hosted a rich library that offered books in Turkish, Greek and English.

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65 comments

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 10:54 am

So why do tc evoke the equal partnership as mentioned by the UN?

You can’t pick and choose what you like

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 5:34 pm

Niko Paschali sarcastic huh🤔🤔🤔🤔

Then what makes you think i wasn’t? 😁

The convo went off topic…onto the rights of the minorities….yes it is related….but so are a lot of things….if a discussion is to be productive…it needs to stay on topic rather then go off in a 100 different directions…

Also when it does that…dumb people like me get confused 🤣🤣🤣

Mehmet Gazi don’t make me start on you and your stirring!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣😇😇😇😇😇

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Hara Charalambous i will leave Niko Paschali of topic ways to you from now on, live up to the expectations ok.

Sorry Niko Paschali, she is now in charge of your off-topic ways LOL

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Niko Paschali you asked for it and got it, Hara Charalambous is a dangerous GC who does not mix her words LOL, god help you mate LOL

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Mehmet

I was being sarcastic.

The topic is varosha

And I brought up points related to varosha

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Niko Paschali ahhh…now i understand why you keep going off subject…you can’t remember….old age is very unkind! 😉😉😉

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Hara Charalambous he can only find the light of he wants to and if he takes them glasses off, they are dark like his mind now 😂😂

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

What’s the topic ? 🧐

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Mehmet Gazi then lead him back!

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Hara Charalambous Niko Paschali never sticks to the subject….LOL

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm
Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm

STICK TO THE SUBJECT!!!!

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 3:26 pm

yes that’s how it feels when you comment LOL

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 3:25 pm
Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Niko Paschali firstly, have they applied to be citizens in the TRNC and been refused?, if you do not apply for citizenship you cannot have a legal right in the TRNC and that goes for all countries,

now show me that a Maronite has applied and refused Citizenship if you can,

your again fishing, but

1) Maronites have started to move back (Fact)
2) some GCs have also started to move back (Fact)
3) a GC in the north is building his new house on HIS land (Fact)

Niko you’re putting out misinformation and South propaganda what is very misleading and untrue.

as for the village in Army area, in the end, they will be able to move back, the village has been cut off in the army area for a long time, no electric or even running water, this all needs to be fixed for the place to be viable, this cost money.

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

Mehmet

Maronites are citizens in the roc

Just because some nationalists question their allegiance is irrelevant to their legal status as citizens

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Niko Paschali i feel like that when you post comments now days.

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 2:58 pm
Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Hara Charalambous nothing knew with Niko now days, he is on a run, upto now everything has backfired on his quoting anything.

its sad that Niko would be so blinded now days, i hope he will soon open his eyes like before.

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Niko Paschali in response to your last photo, TCs are not allowed to do the army in the south, TCs do not get employed in Government offices, or very limited.

in the north we are isolated, we do the best we can with our limitations,

you made a comment and that was we do not recognize

Thats rubbish and your own comments after it just proves the TRNC does recognize,Stop trying to twist everything

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Niko Paschali how about reading it,

Recent years have seen some hopeful signs. Maronites have begun returning to Kormakitis, and a handful have been allowed back to long-sealed parts of Karpasia in parallel with a UNDP restoration of the church.

Some have returned already

“Unfortunately … the current economic crisis in the TRNC has led to difficulties in terms of financing the said works.”

it takes money, we are isolated remember ?

“The fact is, while Maronites try to make the most of it, their allegiance is being questioned in more nationalist quarters in Cyprus – both north and south of the buffer zone,”

Both sides, not just ours, your comment directed just at the north

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm
Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Good grief…..can we stop changing topics?!!!!

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Mehmet Gazi

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/maronites-of-northern-cyprus-dwindling-in-bureaucratic-limbo/

“Maronites have no vote in the northern TRNC, living only as permanent residents, rather than citizens.”

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

the TRNC is the law in the north recognized or not, the TRNC makes the rules like it or not, anyone and all Maronites GCs or who ever are recognized, there is a GC who is building himself a house on his land, we have Maronites moving back and GCs also, this did not start yesterday but for some years now GCs have been moving back, renting and so on.

you read an article by who on what publication, was it bias towards one side or not.

your an educated man and your commenting like this, come on Niko, you should know better then this.

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

your wrong

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Mehmet Gazi

I read that from an article a long time ago regarding the return of the maronites to their villages

By please correct me if I am mistaken

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Niko Paschali rubbish, why make a statement that’s totally untrue.

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 2:30 pm

The problem is that the trnc doesn’t recognize those other than tc as citizens

Hara Charalambous
Hara Charalambous August 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

If people want to go back to their homes…and the property is theirs….and they have good intentions….then go!….don’t want it under TRNC…then don’t go. At least now they have the option

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Niko Paschali it was off limit to all pending a deal, since the deal does not look like it will happen, even the rightful TCs will claim what they believe is theres.

your fishing Niko, the problem is the bait your using, its expired..

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Mehmet Gazi

If it was, then why haven’t any tc been allowed to go home?

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 12:06 pm

so if they dont want it under TRNC control then they dont come claim it back

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Niko Paschali Varosh is under TRNC control…

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 11:51 am

Mehmet Gazi

But as many gc I’ve talked to have stated

They don’t want to be under tc administration

Just like many tc don’t want to live in the roc because they don’t want to be under gc administration

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 11:42 am

Niko Paschali not a secret, its fact, for 50 years its been used for that reason and nothing has changed, suddenly the north wants to open it and we are all screaming in the south, if they open it and true owners are allowed to return under TRNC administration good for the owners…

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 11:37 am

True

But it’s a well known secret that varosha is used as a bargaining chip by Turkey

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 11:30 am

Niko Paschali then let’s not defend what’s wrong, if in a court of law the GCs can prove they are the legal owners they will be allowed to reclaim, no UN resolution states Varosha has to come under GC rule.

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

Mehmet Gazi

I agree

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 11:14 am

Niko Paschali so true, but what’s good for one side is good for the other, both sides need to stop it.. but you direct your comment just to the north when in reality the South are masters in cherry-picking, cherry-picking not only in what’s said but whats history.

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 11:06 am

Mehmet

No

I’m simply saying that we either accept the UN in these matters or we don’t

We can’t pick cherries only

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

here we go again, let’s mix it all into the pot.

Chris Arif
Chris Arif August 3, 2019 at 10:51 am

What power does the iUN have really?

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 10:27 am

The UN will not be happy seeing that it clearly violates the resolution(s) on varosha

Neither will the international community

Niko Paschali
Niko Paschali August 3, 2019 at 11:01 am

Mehmet Gazi

Partly correct

Resolution 550 (1984)

. Considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations;

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 10:59 am

read the resalutions, it says legal inhaitants, it does not say under GC Rule only, so if the doors are opened to the legal inhabitants then what’s the problem.

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 10:10 am

claim or not, if they do what they say they are going to do then its going to stay in the north and all owners no matter Evkaf, GC or whoever can claim and move back in or sell.

Fevzi Galatyali Hussein
Fevzi Galatyali Hussein August 3, 2019 at 1:06 am

It already is

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 12:18 am

Just do it it’s ours anyway

Mehmet Gazi
Mehmet Gazi August 3, 2019 at 3:57 pm

Arif Vezir and Andreas Poli, you both have broken the rules about personal insults and swearing, the comments have been removed.

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Arif Vezir admin remove this feeble excuse of a human, you don’t won’t losers in the group!

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Andreas Poli It’s ours always will be doesn’t me I am a racist you obviously didn’t have members suffer or lose family members in the conflict that the GCs started if that makes me a racist then you don’t know what you are talking about. I won’t want to know someone like you too. I won’t bother with ignorant people like you no more. Waste of time.

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Arif Vezir it belongs to whoever is from there not what any TWAT decides!

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Arif Vezir wouldn’t want to know you! What the fuck does “it’s ours anyway” mean?

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

I hate it when as soon as they feel they haven’t got a case they start accusing of this that another fucking twat. Don’t even know me

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

Andreas Poli what makes you think I am racist. As soon as you can’t find a way out you accuse me of being a racist when you don’t even know me. You not agreeing with me does that make you a racist? TWAT

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Arif Vezir I have many TC friends thank you very much, I visit and stay in the north very often! In my DNA test I came back 47% Turk, I have no hard feelings towards different races, just have a dislike to racists and people like you who push separation and can’t live in peace

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Andreas Poli your Turkish is quite good well done comes in useful. I can feel your hatred that why we can never live together shame but people like you give pace no chance you carry on swearing

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 11:29 am

Arif Vezir eshik sikhsin push Pezevenk 🤣

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 10:58 am

Truth hurts doesn’t it ?

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 10:58 am

Andreas Polidont get upset you can still visit. I was telling the truth.

Arif Vezir
Arif Vezir August 3, 2019 at 10:50 am

Andreas Poli 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Andreas Poli
Andreas Poli August 3, 2019 at 9:37 am

Arif Vezir 🖕🏻

Cemal Kucuk
Cemal Kucuk August 2, 2019 at 11:41 pm

about time

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