Cyprus enclaved living conditions to improve, official says, CNA 15/09/2023
Head of Humanitarian Affairs for the missing persons and the enclaved Anna Aristotelous has said that procedures are underway to improve the living conditions of the enclaved people in Cyprus, focusing on food, water supply, education and employment.
According to an official press release, Aristotelous attended the church service in the Church of the Holy Cross in the Turkish occupied Maronite village of Karpasha, that was held by the Archbishop of Maronites, and was attended by the Representative of the Maronite community in the House of Representatives and Members of the Parliament among other officials.
During the meetings she held with the enclaved in the occupied Maronite villages, she had the opportunity to listen to the problems and the issues that concern them and to inform them about the promotion of the issues that they discussed during her previous visit a month ago.
The press release says that Aristotelous listened to the issues raised by the newly resettled people and students, and assured them that she will continue to work with them to improve their employment situation in their area of residence as well as improve the education programme in the schools operating in the Turkish occuped areas.
She added that both the President of the Republic, as well as herself, stand by the enclaved, noting that after listening to their main problems, procedures have been set in motion, with the aim of improving their lives, such as in the fields of food, water supply, education and employment.
The Republic of Cyprus, an EU member state since 2004, has been divided by Turkish troops since the invasion in the summer of 1974, which forcibly expelled about 180,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes. Another 20,000 Greek Cypriots, who had remained in the occupied areas, were also forced to eventually abandon their homes and seek refuge in the safety of the government-controlled areas. Today, very few enclaved Greek Cypriots remain in the occupied areas.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY