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    Anastasiadis 10 thousand Turkish troops withdraw proposal

    Greek Cypriot Administration leader Nicos Anastasiades, via the United Nations (UN) as a confidence-building measure, offered in writing, asked Turkey to withdraw troops from Cyprus. Anastasiadis said that Maras (Varosha) should be given to the Greek Cypriots and said that 5,000 to 10,000 Turkish soldiers should be withdrawn from Cyprus.

    According to Greek media; Anastasiades put his ideas on the table before their meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and TRNC President Mustafa Akıncı on 25 November in Berlin.

    The Greek leader’s proposal of 12 articles included:

    Establishment of a technical committee for the reconstruction and resettlement of some regions with priority given to the closed area Maraş (Varosha).

    Opening of new crossing points. (Kiracıköy- Veterans- Entertainment- Pomo- Paşiammo- Lower Pirgo and Erenköy)

    Establish free access areas to the buffer zone in Nicosia.

    Strengthening trade within the island by eliminating barriers posed by the Turkish Cypriot community (such as taxation and import permits for products from south areas).

    Facilitate the movement of commercial vehicles carrying goods covered by the Green Line Regulation.

    Supporting the work and financing of the Cultural Heritage Technical Committee

    Protection of religious sites and facilities for all religious ceremonies.

    Improvement of the churches in the buffer zone.

    Improving the use of old names of roads, villages, and cities.

    Reduction of military forces, withdrawal of military forces along the ceasefire line, improvement of the current situation in Akyar, clearing mines and withdrawal of 5,000-10,000 Turkish soldiers from Cyprus.

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