The government has received the inventory and work reports prepared on the fenced-off town of Varosha/Maraş, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Kudret Ozersay has said.
Ozersay was addressing a meeting of the parliamentary commission on the economy, finance, budget and planning, which has approved the 132.97 million TL (£18 million) budget for his office.
Referring to works to be carried out in the future for Varosha/Maraş, Ozersay said that plans were in place to take steps internationally as well in order for the issue to be “internationally understood”. He noted that there were some ongoing processes at the Council of Europe regarding the issue of human rights and added that they were exerting efforts for these processes to “advance correctly” and the Turkish Cypriots to be “understood correctly”.
According to Ozersay, these approaches were being made in cooperation with lawyers in particular through the TRNCs Representative Office in Strasbourg.
Referring to the representative offices abroad, Ozersay said that they were facing problems and some of them were empty, because no staff had been hired. He noted that all vacancies at these representation offices would be filled in 2020. He further added that they would be asking for more money from the Ministry of Finance for issues like the registration of halloumi cheese.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same meeting, Ozdil Nami, deputy for the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), also referred to Varosha and asked how the government’s policy on the issue would be in harmony with international law, ignoring UN Security Council Resolutions. Nami argued that they should take steps on Varosha in consultation with the UN.